Diaspora Day 2018

Diaspora Day 2018

“Diaspora Day has become the place to meet people, communicate and exchange new ideas, but also to create solutions for issues regarding the motherland and the diaspora”, said the rector of Singidunum University, professor Mladen Veinović at the opening ceremony of the event. “Statistical indicators show that there are 11.5 million Serbs in the world today. In Serbia there are 6.2 million Serbs and in Republic of Srpska 1.2, whereas in Montenegro the Serbs comprise a third of population with 182.000, and almost 4 million Serbs live in the diaspora. The Serbs can be found at all five continents. Most of us live in the USA, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Significant number lives in Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and Italy. The origins of Serbian diaspora can be traced back to 1690 when the First Great Migration under Arsenije Čarnojević happened. The Great Migrations of the Serbs in 17th and 18th centuries were caused by the then political situation in Europe. Current statistics show the following: according to data from the World economic forum, when it comes to brain drain, Serbia holds an infamous high position and below it only come countries such as Burundi, Algeria, and Haiti”, Veinović said and also noted that migrations in Serbia in most cases today are in the form of one-way tickets. “The problem is not that people are leaving because mobility is one of the foundations of Europe, but the fact that people do not return for they do not have many contacts with the motherland once they leave the country”, added professor Veinović. Continue reading “Diaspora Day 2018” »