How did Covid-19 affect Bosnian youth? WFD 2020 research

How did Covid-19 affect Bosnian youth? WFD 2020 research

In times of a global pandemic, it is important to try and improve newly adapted living and working conditions for all social and age groups. WFD in Bosnia and Herzegovina conducted a research on how the Covid-19 virus affected the youth in that country in terms of living conditions and employment opportunities.
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This study includes young people aged 18-30, across cities and smaller towns in all three Bosnian entities (Federation BiH, Republika Srpska, Brcko District). Additionally, the education field was examined in order to have an insight in how the conditions have changed for secondary school and university students.

It was found that the crisis caused by the virus has had a significant impact on the everyday lives and responsibilities of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 60% of young people were noticeably affected by the measures imposed during the crisis. Moreover, the introduced measures had a particular impact on young women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (65%).

The measures have had the greatest impact on the employment sector; 36% of young people state that their work has been affected the most. This is more pronounced among older youth to a certain degree, whereas education of the youngest respondents has also been significantly affected by the measures (31%).

The majority of young people have a negative perception of life after the pandemic ends. 59% of them stated that their lives will be worse than before the crisis – more often women (65%). Two thirds of young people (66%) still in school believe that schooling will continue normally after the crisis, while 1/3 of young people believe the opposite and expect negative consequences for the education sector.