Marina left her country in September 2000, just five days before the regime of Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown in Serbia. Marina left the country without planning to ever come back. 19 years later after exactly half of her life living abroad, she has decided to meet youngsters who live in the Balkans today and to tell the stories of those who decided to come back after a long period of time spent abroad.
The number of the population in the Balkan countries is shrinking enormously in the last couple of years due to another wave of emigration. Comparing to the time Marina left, people are leaving not because of the war but due to the lack of any perspective of a better life in the region.
This report was produced by journalist Marina Lalovic, as part of the Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, supported by the ERSTE Foundation, as well as the Silence Hate project, funded by the European Commission.