Macedonians in Serbia

Macedonians in Serbia

ethnic group
group= Macedonians in Serbia Македонци во Србија "Makedonci u Srbiji"

flag_caption=Flag of the Macedonian minority in Serbia [ [ Serbia: National minorities ] ]
poptime= 25,847 - [ 2002 census] [ SN31 ] ]
50,000 (by ancestry) [Poulton, Hugh (1993) The Balkans: Minorities and States in Conflict, 2nd edition(London: Minority Rights Group).]
popplace= Belgrade, Gora, South Banat, Pancevo] ,Jabuka, Novi Sad
rels=Predominantly Macedonian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox
langs=Primarily Serbian, Macedonian

Ethnic Macedonians of Serbia are an officially recognized ethnic minorityin Serbia.


During the years 1945-1992, ethnic Macedonians and the Macedonian Language was a constituent part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Many Ethnic Macedonians migrated to other parts of the federation. This migration was most prevalent in the Socialist Republic of Serbia and the Socialist Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. In 2002 there was 25,847 Ethnic Macedonians in Central Serbia and 11,785 in Vojvodina. In 2004, Serbia and Macedonia signed an inter-state agreement on the protection of Macedonians in Serbia and Serbians in Macedonia.

There are many Macedonian concentrations in the Vojvodina region. Macedonians made up a significant minority in the municipalities of Plandiste, Jabuka, Glogonj, Dužine and Kacarevo.In these areas they comprise over 25% of the population. These are mainly comprised of economic migrants from the Socialist Republic of Macedonia who left in the 1960's and 1970's due to the worsening economic situation back home.

Macedonian organizations

Associations such as “The Society of Serbian and Macedonian Friendship Šar – planina” seatedin Belgrade, and the “Municipal Society of Serbian-Macedonian Friendship” seated inZrenjanin cover issues related to ethnic, cultural and economic cooperation in Serbia. In 2005 Macedonians in Serbia also established a National Minority Council, whichrepresents as a step towards safeguarding their interests. Jovo Radevski was elected asits president. The Democratic Party of Macedonians is the primary minority party. It is centered in Novi Sad.


Currently there is no specific program to educate students in Macedonian. Yet there are attempts to introduce Macedonian language classes into areas where there is a significant minority.

Macedonian Media

Macedonian print media consists primarily of the monthly political journal “Makedonska videlina” produced by the “Macedonian Information and Publishing Centre” in Pancevo. Limited Macedonian television is available through TV Novi Sad and the local station TV Pancevo, in addition to programs which reach the community from Macedonia. Macedonian is not used in official communications in Serbia, but the Macedonian National Minority Council is attempting to officialise it in Pancevo and Jabuka.

Notable Serbian Macedonians

* Jovo Radevski


External links

* [] -Website for Macedonian International Rights

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