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          • Year: 2016
          • Perceptions of Personal Safety and Perceptions of Security Threats at the Local Level: A Comparative Overview of Serbia, Kosovo and Albania

          • BCSP Junior Researcher Isidora Stakic presents comparative analysis of citizens perceptions of personal safety and security at the local level in Albania, Kosovo and Serbia.

        • This comparative analysis of the results of public opinion surveys in Serbia, Koso­vo and Albania indicates a relatively strong feeling of personal safety among respon­dents from all three communities.

          However, respondents do not see that state institu­tions contribute to this situation, and they are mostly dissatisfied with the performance of security institutions.

          Human security con­cerns are similar in all three communities, but their different ranking shows the different priorities of the three communities.

          Another important finding is that the Serbian commu­nity living in North Kosovo has different se­curity perceptions from the rest of Kosovo’s population.

          The paper written by Isidora Stakic presents comparatively citizens’ views of their personal safety and security at the local level, as surveyed in Albania, Kosovo and Serbia in October 2013.

          The survey was conducted using the same questionnaire in all three communities, taking a representative sample of citizens.

          In Serbia, 1200 citizens were interviewed, including a sub-sample of 200 citizens in Southern Serbia (the municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja). The survey in Kosovo encompassed 1119 respondents, including 100 ethnic Serbs residing in North Kosovo. In Albania, 1100 citizens were interviewed.

          The analysis is complemented by data from 2014 and 2015 in order to show the trends in citizens’ perceptions of personal safety and local security.

          The publication is a part of the joint initiative "Security Research Forum Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana", run by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) and the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Tirana.

        • Tags: Security Research Forum, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, human security, local safety, public opinion
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