Youth Studies in Southeast Europe 2018/2019

The FES released ground-breaking reports on the experiences and attitudes of youth in Southeast Europe. The results of our research give an insight into young people’s views in different realms of life, such as education, employment, migration, political participation & values, leisure etc. The studies intend to address the lack of channels by giving youth a voice on topics that could substantially impact their future.

This comprehensive project was conducted simultaneously and yielded ten national and one regional report. The data was gathered from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia by using a representative survey on a sample of more than 10,000 young people between the age of 14 and 29.

What do we know about youth in Southeast Europe?


Fact sheet: Youth Study Southeast Europe

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is publishing a fact sheet based on ground-breaking reports on the experiences and aspirations of youth in Southeast Europe, presenting youth demands for a decent future. Download publication

Policy Paper: Youth and Labour Markets in Southeast Europe

The 2018/2019 FES survey results confirm that young people in most countries of SEE share what has become an almost universal experience of young people everywhere: they are struggling to find quality jobs. This struggle may have dire consequences for a young person in various aspects of their lives. This political economy insecurity is one of the core elements shaping the attitudes and values of the SEE youth. Download publication

Policy Paper: Political and Civic Participation of Youth in Southeast Europe

Young people’s increasing political and civic disengagement has been a consistent preoccupation of scholars and policy- makers over the past few decades due to its negative implications for the future of democratic citizenship and political systems. This policy paper offers main points on the attitudes of SEE youth on political and civic participation. Download publication

Policy Paper: The Situation of Youth in the WB6 Countries

In recent years, considerable attention has been devoted by scholars and policy-makers to youth in the Western Balkans‘ six (WB6) countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. While young people in these countries are often seen as a possible ray of hope in terms of democratization and Europeanisation, empirical studies tend to paint a rather unfavorable picture in this regard. Youth in the region live under conditions of political economy of insecurity which drives their economic and political behavior.

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Policy Paper: Youth Mobility and Migration in Southeast Europe

The issue of young people’s emigration from South-eastern Europe (SEE) has recently drawn considerable public and scholarly attention. Predominantly fuelled by economic uncertainty at home, youth emigration has especially picked up the pace during the last ten years in the Western Balkans’ six (WB6) countries. Download publication

Youth Study Southeast Europe 2018 - 2019

The challenges confronting youth in Southeast Europe have been receiving increased international attention in the past few years. Addressing the evident lack of channels giving young people a say in policy-making, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) commissioned representative surveys canvassing more than 10,000 respondents aged 14 – 29 in ten countries of Southeast Europe in early 2018.

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