Kosovo launches first census in over a decade amid tensions

Kosovo launches first census in over a decade amid tensions
Kosovo launches first census in over a decade amid tensions

Hello and welcome to the details of Kosovo launches first census in over a decade amid tensions and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Clients wait to buy traditional 'Pitalka' breads for the the holy month of Ramadan in the southern town of Prizren, Kosovo March 30, 2024. — AFP pic

PRISTINA, April 5 — Kosovo authorities today began carrying out the country’s first census in over a decade, amid simmering tensions with the ethnic Serb community and uncertainty over their participation in the count.

Census counts are delicate matters in many Balkan countries, where plunging birth rates, mass migration and ethnic tensions undercut efforts to provide accurate population figures. Kosovo officials have repeatedly delayed earlier counts.

The Kosovo Statistics Agency (ASK) has conducted just one other count, in 2011, which was boycotted by the Serbs. That census put Kosovo’s population at 1.8 million people.

Advertisement

ASK officials said they hoped to complete the census in six weeks and expected Kosovo’s Serbs to participate.

“ASK has provided training for Serb supervisors and enumerators as it did for the other communities,” said census official Hazbije Qeriqi.

The census comes as relations between the Pristina government and Kosovo’s ethnic Serbs remain tense following the ban of the Serbian dinar currency earlier this year.

Advertisement

Frustrations have been simmering since the implementation of the new rule, which made the euro the only legal currency in Kosovo and effectively outlawed use of the dinar.

The move sparked anger in Belgrade, which does not recognise Kosovo’s independence and continues to finance a parallel health, education and social security system for Serbs there.

Yesterday, the latest round of talks in Brussels between the two sides aimed at breaking the deadlock over the issue failed.

Kosovo’s Serb leaders and the government in Belgrade have not formally announced whether the community of around 100,000 will participate in the census.

In the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, there was little consensus over how people would treat the count.

“Kosovo is part of Serbia, whether they like it or not. We adhere to Serbian institutions. No one can impose on me what I don’t want,” said Natasa Vujacic, a 47-year-old mother of two.

“I still don’t know what I’m going to do. Everything depends on what our government [in Belgrade] says,” Zika Trajkovic, a 33-year-old technician, told AFP.

Animosity between Kosovo and Serbia has persisted since the war between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian insurgents in the late 1990s that drew a Nato intervention against Belgrade.

Kosovo later declared independence in 2008, a move that Serbia along with its allies Russia and China have refused to acknowledge.

Kosovo is overwhelmingly populated by ethnic Albanians, but in the northern stretches of the territory near the border with Serbia, ethnic Serbs remain the majority in several municipalities. — AFP

These were the details of the news Kosovo launches first census in over a decade amid tensions for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Ex-US Marines fighter pilot loses bid to block extradition to the United States 
NEXT UNRWA chief spotlights destruction in West Bank

Author Information

I am Jeff King and I’m passionate about business and finance news with over 4 years in the industry starting as a writer working my way up into senior positions. I am the driving force behind Al-KhaleejToday.NET with a vision to broaden the company’s readership throughout 2016. I am an editor and reporter of “Financial” category. Address: 383 576 Gladwell Street Longview, TX 75604, USA Phone: (+1) 903-247-0907 Email: [email protected]