Youth in the Balkans, resisting the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought health systems to their knees all over the world, particularly affecting the elderly. But in the Balkans, the ensuing economic and social crisis has often had shocking – and hard to ignore – effects on young people as well. In this dossier, produced with the support of the Central European Initiative - Executive Secretariat , we take stock of the first year and a half of the pandemic, and explore the post-Covid recovery scenarios for young people in Central and South-Eastern Europe.

News and data

A mother, photographed from behind, accompanies her daughter to school
Mihaela Iordache
16 September 2021

Last Monday, three million students started school in presence despite the fourth wave of Covid-19. In rural areas, 40% of institutions has no sewers

Borce Stamenov at work repairing a computer - photo taken from the Facebook profile of the "Donate a computer" initiative
Aleksandar Samardjiev | Tetovo
15 September 2021

With the pandemic and online lessons, it turned out that many families in North Macedonia do not own and cannot afford a computer, but someone had already noticed and started to do something about it

Young people in Belgrade - © BalkansCat/Shutterstock
Gianluca De Feo
2 September 2021

High unemployment rates, increasingly apparent inequalities, and the digital divide. In the WB6, the crisis risks leaving young people behind and provoking a new wave of migration, but it could also offer new opportunities to revive economies

Young people stroll through down-town Belgrade © BalkansCat/Shutterstock
Gianluca De Feo
26 August 2021

The Covid-19 restrictive measures in the Balkans risk putting young people – a segment of the population that has been in constant demographic decline for years – in even more difficulty. A look at the pandemic and the state of the vaccination campaign in the Balkans for the youngest population

Central European Initiative

This dossier was published with the support of Central European Initiative - Executive Secretariat