LGBTI Survey Launched in Western Balkans

The World Bank, in partnership with IPSOS/Serbia, the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, and LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey (ERA), have launched a major survey to examine the socio-economic outcomes of LGBTI people in the Western Balkans.  Individuals living in the region will be asked to take one of two versions of the survey:

  • Individuals living in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Slovenia will be asked to take a survey about their experiences and perceptions of discrimination in employment, housing, health services, education and other important aspects of life.  This survey will replicate the European LGBT Survey, implemented by the European Fundamental Rights Agency in 2012. This survey will enable comparisons of experiences of discrimination in the Western Balkans to similar experiences in Europe.
  • Individuals living in Serbia will be asked to take a survey designed to capture data about the living conditions and employment of LGBTI people in Serbia.  A similar survey is already conducted on a regular basis among the general population in Serbia.  This survey will provide data enabling a direct comparison between LGBTI Serbians and non-LGBTI people.

Andrew Flores, PhD., Williams Institute Visiting Scholar, who helped design the survey, said “This survey is to identify disparities potentially faced by LGBTI people, if they exist, in the areas of housing, employment, and social support structures.”

Anyone who considers themselves to be LGBT and/or Intersex, who is aged 18 years and above and lives in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Slovenia can answer the survey.  Answers to the survey are anonymous and will be kept private.  At no point will it be possible to identify the respondents personally.  More information about the privacy of the data and the confidentiality of the survey participants can be found on the website of the survey itself.

Williams Institute International Program Director Andrew Park said, “This is the largest data collection initiative on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Western Balkans.”

The World Bank facilitated the design and implementation process.  The data collection is being done online by IPSOS/Serbia.  The Williams Institute worked with IPSOS/Serbia to design the survey.  The LGBTI Equal Rights Association facilitated in-country community consultation and testing of the survey in a number of countries.  Participants will be able to choose from among the nine different versions of the survey depending on where they live and what language they speak.

The survey can be found HERE.