BELGRADE – The loss of around 50,000 people annually is a major luxury for a country with relatively small population like Serbia, demographer Vladimir Nikitovic said on Wednesday.

Photo: Vladimir Stoiljkovic / InSerbia
Photo: Vladimir Stoiljkovic / InSerbia

In as few as ten years between the two censuses in 2002 and 2011, the number of families with children in Serbia dropped by over two percent, from 54.5 to 52.1 percent, the Belgrade-based Television Pink learnt from Nikitovic as the science associate of the Demographic Research Centre of Institute for Social Sciences in Belgrade.

The data shows that one in two families have only one child while as few as 1.1 percent of families have more than three children, he said.

Since the ’90s to 2011, the number of families with children dropped by 16 percent and the number of childless families dropped by 15 percent.

Nikitovic said that a quarter of children in Serbia are born outside of marriage, which is a major leap compared to post-World War II period.

He stated that the economic and psychological price of child care has increased together with growing expectations, and added that people are entering partnerships with increasing difficulty, the divorce rate has increased and women are opting for childbirth at an increasingly late age.