A Tale of Two Serbias? Census-taking in 2002 and 2011
The challenges implicit in census-taking are especially pronounced in the Western Balkans and, very specifically, in Serbia, considering this country’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious makeup, as reflected in territorial delineations, as well as its political past. Minorities, in particular, have suffered from ongoing discrimination, which is brought to the fore by the politicization of census taking exercises by political elites, as seen in 2002 and 2011. These political elites have leveraged census taking in order to promote their own agendas, often to the detriment of citizens belonging to minority groups. The administrative and monetary influence of the EU in census taking exercises marked a slight shift toward better integrating minorities into these exercises in 2011. The prospect of EU accession will continue to influence Belgrade’s decisions in making further strides towards minority integration.
Mina Djurić Nikolić
Mina Djurić Nikolić received a Bachelors degree cum laude in Romance Languages and minored in International Politics at New York University (NYU). She received a Masters degree from Columbia University in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. She was Senior Editor of the Journal of International Affairs for the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.
Laura Trimajova pursued a Master's degree in International Security at Sciences-Po in Paris as a fellow of the French government, during which she spent a semester at SIPA. Returning to New York City as a Fulbright Fellow, Laura Trimajova graduated from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute with a Master's in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies in 2013. She currently works in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
1. What minorities are well integrated in Serbia and why?
2. What minority groups can be seen as excluded entities in current Serbia and why?
3. How would you describe the overall societal and political situation in Serbia in the context of censuses of 2002 and 2011?
4. What similarities, differences and same characteristics can be found in those two contexts respectively periods?
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