17. December. 2021. | 09:02

Trend Analysis 2021: Attitudes of the Serbian Community in Kosovo - Belgrade conference

On December 16th, NGO Aktiv presented the results of the “Trend Analysis 2021: Attitudes of the Serbian Community in Kosovo” research at a conference held in Belgrade. The research highlights the main social, economic, and political trends in the society in which Serbs live in Kosovo.

During the presentation, it was pointed that most Serbs believe that the security situation in Kosovo is poor, that young people are leaving Kosovo in large numbers, distrust in Kosovo institutions has increased, and that ethnic distance is still present.

During the panel discussion, the Trend Analysis results were assessed as alarming, especially the fact that almost 90% of respondents believe that the situation for Serbs in Kosovo is not going in the right direction.

The executive director of the NGO Aktiv, Miodrag Milicevic, stated, while presenting the results of the Trend Analysis to the public in Serbia, that it was shown that Serbs in Kosovo are in a vicious cycle and that similar results have been seen over past several years.

"So far, we have not seen an adequate response at the institutional level that some of these problems are recognized and responded to appropriately”, he said.

According to Milicevic, the stabilization of the Serbian community is a distant prospect, and it should be an alarm for Belgrade, Pristina, and the international community.

“This is an invitation to the authorities to consider the results as very relevant, as an impulse of a community that expects help, which could lead to a stabilization of the situation in the community,” Milicevic said.

The panellists assessed that the Serbian community has not yet stabilized, that the situation is not moving in the right direction, and that this is reflected in Kosovo Serbs’ desperation.

Journalist Jelena Petkovic stated that such results are a consequence and reflection of the events that occurred over the past year.

“What we could see is the attitude of the authorities in Pristina towards the Serbian community. It has not changed significantly in some segments, but in some it has, what is visible is that this government communicates with Serbs by intimidation, and that is reflected in these results,” said Petkovic.

Journalist Milivoje Mihajlovic said that based on the survey, where almost 90 percent of respondents believe that the situation is not going in the right direction, if 50 percent of Serbs do not see themselves in Kosovo, and more than 70 percent of Serbs do not feel free, we witness the “hopelessness” of the Serbian community.

“Belgrade does not understand enough the attitudes and position of Kosovo Serbs. Someone in Belgrade, Pristina and the Brussels should study this research well,” Mihajlovic said.

During the presentation of the attitudes of the Serbian community in Kosovo, it was pointed out that the trends show the growing pessimism of the Serbian community in Kosovo, and the institutional response to such attitudes and fears of Serbs is not forthcoming.