BELGRADE – For the past two decades, Serbia has ranked first in the region – and second in the world – in emigration of young and educated people, the participants of the Youth Economic Forum at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia warned on Wednesday.

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According to 2014 figures, most unemployed people in Serbia – about 101,000 young people – are aged between 25 and 29, and are followed by 90,500 unemployed people aged between 20 and 24, said Vladimir Radovanovic, vice president of the Student Conference of Serbian Universities (SKONUS) and Youth Economic Forum 2015 project coordinator.

“The trend of rising youth unemployment has been ongoing since 2008 and there are no indications of it stopping,” Radovanovic said at the forum, whose media sponsor is the Tanjug news agency, adding that the youth unemployment rate in Serbia is higher than that in neighbouring or EU countries.

Nearly 80 percent of young people wait for employment for over a year, and young people increasingly believe that it is impossible to find a job in Serbia and are leaving Serbia as a result, he said.

Radovanovic said that the state must do something about this and enable young people to find jobs after education.