Serbia

Life for the average Serbian has not drastically improved since the fall of Communism, the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the Balkans War of the 1990s.

Life for the average Serbian has not drastically improved since the fall of Communism, the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the Balkans War of the 1990s. High inflation, high unemployment (16.6%, 2009) and poor economic management throughout the 1990s have taken their toll on an already battered nation. In 2009, Serbia’s economy contracted by 3%, exacerbating the situation for the half of the population who live under the poverty line.

The welfare needs are therefore as important as ever. The Serbians are a proud people who have no desire to rely on charity or on handouts. Welfare programmes allow individuals to retain their dignity and work hard to get themselves out of the poverty cycle and onto the cycle of success and self-sufficiency. The Serbian Jewish population of approximately 3,000 is therefore in great need of WJR’s support.

Key Facts

Population = 7,344,847

Jewish population = 1,500

Life expectancy at birth = 74 years

Population below poverty line = 7.9%

Unemployment rate = 17.2%

GDP per capita = $11,000

Inflation rate = 4.9%

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Optical Project

WJR's Optical Programme was established to ensure that those whose financial situations make basic items such as a pair of glasses...

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