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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Serbia’s loss of 50,000 people per year is only a psychological luxury for anti-Serb nationalists ranging from Analbanians to Krvatian Neo-Nazis and everything in between. If there is really a demographer named Vladimir Nikitovic and he really did somehow implied that such a population deficit is a positive thing for Serbia, then your news story should be about a mentally ill or potentially traitorous demographer. In addition, instead of regurgitating general information about a commonly known problem, you should be investigating further into the deeper causes of the issue and identify people and organizations that are actively working to regenerate a state of growth in the Serbian population. For example, why is the divorce rate increasing, and who is contributing to improving the integrity of Serbian families? Problems aren’t fixed by miserably dwelling on misfortune and the dark sides of reality, they’re solved by understanding why the problem exists and taking bold actions in order to reach a solution.

  2. Yet you don’t see Serbs pressuring or trying to change the government. When Milosevic was in power, they blamed him for this – even though many were escaping the draft and Serbia was suffering from foreign-pushed sanctions. The war and anti-Serbia sanctions were the plot and plan of the west which did want to break up Yugoslavia at Serbs’ expense. The west was working with non-Serb separatists and republics from the very start and pre-start behind the Yugoslav government’s back. Even those officials who claimed they wanted Yugoslavia to stay together, were promoting and helping separatists – for instance Britain had sold and shipped millions worth of military communications equipment to Slovenia just before the wars started. It was an approved sale and even signed by a British diplomat who was stating he wanted Yugoslavia to stay together.

    They were lying.

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