Macedonian villages being deserted

Macedonian villages being deserted

Skopje, June 11, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, there are 1.728 villages, out of which, 141 have been completely abandoned.

Apart from these villages, many others only have tens of residents living in them. They are mainly inhabited by elderly people, who don’t want their children to return to their birth places. Of course, they children do not want to return to their birthplaces either.

Data from the State Authority of Statistics indicate that the number of emptied villages will soon be doubled.

The study shows that the fact that these villages are inhabited by elderly people will make these villages completely deserted one day.

According to statistics, the largest number of population is concentrated in the western and northeastern part of the country.

The last census was carried out in 2002 and it revealed that the territorial dispersion of the population is characterized by an accentuated inequality.

Over 57% of the population lives in urban areas, in a total of 34 cities, whereby 20.5% lives in Skopje.

Data for internal migration show that the population mostly moves from villages to cities.

The biggest migration is seen in the eastern part of the country with 46.7%. Meanwhile, the lowest migration of 15% is seen in the region of Pollog in Western Macedonia.

The main feature of this region is the movement from one village to another, 63,8% or 26,7% on a national scale. /ibna/