Report on the problems of the Serbian community in the north of Kosovo and the Albanians in the south of Serbia

A report drawn up by the non-governmental organizations Center for Democracy and Education in the Preševo ​​Valley and AKTIV in North Mitrovica, highlights that a large part of Albanian citizens in the South of Serbia and Serbian citizens in the North of Kosovo, emphasize that the life of their will be difficult during the next three years.

The report entitled, “From common challenges to common solutions”, highlights the challenges and problems faced by the Serbian community in four municipalities in the north of Kosovo and the Albanian community in the south of Serbia.

“Almost every second or more citizens in the Presheva Valley think that in the next three years life will be even more difficult for them. Similarly, almost with a larger percentage, Serbian citizens have expressed concern that life for them in the next three years will be unaffordable”, said Agon Islami from the Center for Democracy and Education in the Presheva Valley.

According to the report, the future of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 remains a major concern for the Presheva Valley and the north of Kosovo.

“Albanian citizens have said with 64.9 percent, a very disturbing figure, that they do not see themselves living in the Presheva Valley any longer, while 73 percent of Serbs have said that they also do not see their future in the north of Kosovo “, said Agon Islami.

“The concerns are shared by both Serbs and Albanians and they are migration and the prevention of young people leaving these areas”, said Midorag Miličevič from the Aktiv organization in North Mitrovica.

According to the report, about 60 percent of Albanians in the Preševo ​​Valley think that their political representatives should be directly involved in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia, while about 70 percent of Serbs think that they should be involved in the talks.

The report also states that the Albanians of the Preševo ​​Valley have greater trust in the government of Kosovo, the presidency and the media in the Albanian language, while the Serbs of the north of Kosovo have more trust in the government of Serbia, the Serbian presidency and local non-governmental organizations.

Even the Albanians in the Presheva Valley and the Serbs in the north of Kosovo see the fight against corruption and nepotism as a prerequisite for the improvement of the economic situation in this part, which would enable the prevention of migration.

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