For demographics, last year was devastating in Serbia. For the first time since the statistics recorded that data, we had less than 62,000 babies born.
For the same period, statistics say that there are more than 115,000 deaths, said today the Prime Minister’s advisor for activities on the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, Slavica Đukić Dejanović.
Speaking on Prva TV, Dejanovic pointed out that these statistics are devastating for the demographic future of Serbia if something more serious does not change.
Djukanovic said that experts warned in the 1950s that we would get into this situation and added that it was not specific only to Serbia, but to most of Europe, North America and Canada, which, she said, recorded similar parameters.
"When we analyze this world scene, we see that those countries that have active measures and are actively engaged in birth control, do so by governments, local authorities, the non-governmental sector, the media, academia and all individuals working together to citizens understand the issue of demography as a basic issue of life and a question of the future, "said Dejanovic.
She pointed out that Serbia started to increase the visibility and importance of that topic, and added that the issue of demography has become a problem due to the migration of young people, as well as the decreasing number of women who can give birth.
Dejanovic stated that some of them have health problems, others postpone because of their career, and others postpone giving birth because they think that "there is time”. She pointed out that our nation is "old” and that the average age of the population in our country is 43 years.
She reminded that the state introduced numerous measures to encourage births, such as financial aid for the first, second and third child, financial aid for in vitro fertilization, and pointed out that the financial moment is not crucial.
"It is crucial that the set of measures that we will apply everywhere and in every place, and above all where young people need to establish their partnership, to make a decision to live and work, to go in the direction of having living conditions and a standard worthy of a young person man, "said Dejanovic.
He points out that investments, better working and living conditions, as well as the harmonization of work and parenthood are what prevent young people from leaving. Dejanović emphasized that when analyzing practical life, it comes down to the fact that a young man wants to be educated, to have professional achievements and to become a parent, and he usually achieves that through the birth of his first child. However, he points out that every next order of birth is rare, because he wants to raise the standard first.