Concerned about the situation and the number of young people in the Municipality of Jajce, the Center for Education and Socializing Jajce (COD Jajce) after five years is again working on the (de) population map of young people in Jajce.
He made the first map of COD Jajce in 2017, where based on the collected data, the demographer prof. Mirza Emirhafizović presented the facts that in Jajce the number of young people from 1991 (number of young people 12,024) to 2013 (number of young people 5,751) decreased by 47% From then until today
The total number of young people aged 15 to 29 for the period from 2013 to 2016, who immigrated to our municipality is 163, while the total number of young people aged 15 to 29 who emigrated from our municipality in the same period is 334.
Many reasons for the depopulation facing Jajce, as well as the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina: low quality of education, inability to find employment, lower living standards, low wages, increasing mention of the term “war” by BiH politicians are some of the main reasons reduced population.
The low birth rate and high brain drain rate, especially among highly educated young people, have ruined the development of local cities and municipalities and jeopardized the future perspective of the local population. According to a UNDP study on youth emigration, the recent figure of 54% of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina wishing to leave the country has not changed, and this negative trend has not bypassed Jajce.
Given that we are in 2022 and the current situation where young people do not hide their desire to leave the country and where more and more young families are leaving BiH, we decided to re-create the “Youth (de)population map of Jajce 2022” to determined the current situation of the municipality of Jajce and answered the question of many “is Jajce a city of the old people?”.
The project started in early May ’22 and ends in late July ’22. We are currently in the phase of collecting basic information on the number of young people in the Municipality of Jajce, and on this occasion we ask all contacted entities to facilitate the process and share with us information crucial for our project and the city.
The project “Youth (de)population map of Jajce 2022” COD Jajce is implemented with the support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung Sarajevo.
Cover photo / Samed Žužić