Emigrants from Kosovo continue to return to the country

Emigrants from Kosovo continue to return to the country

Pristina, 1 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Interior Ministry in Kosovo says that as of the start of this year, 8 thousand people, who have migrated in an illegal way to the European Union countries, have been repatriated.

Safedin Kuci, from the Department for Citizenship, Asylum and Migration at the Ministry of Interior, said that 60% of the people who have returned, have returned voluntarily, while 40% of them have been repatriated.

According to him, the majority of these individuals have migrated in the final months of last year and first months of 2015.

Meanwhile, according to experts of social affairs, the difficult living conditions and the political situation in Kosovo are the main factors which have led many people to leave the country illegally.

The head of the Institute for Development Policies, Burim Ejupi says that the creation of new jobs alone can prevent this negative phenomenon.

“Government of Kosovo must create new jobs. If we want to stop illegal migration, the government must issue a signal that something is happening”, he declared.

Michael Sauer, adviser to the minister of Social Affairs at the government of Kosovo, says that the ministry is working in order to manage migration.

“Our main objective is to manage work migration in order to achieve at least three things. The first one is to exploit as good as possible the legal acts for work migrants from Kosovo to other countries. Secondly, to open new channels for legal migration and third, with this, we’re hoping on preventing or at least reducing illegal migration”, Sauer said. /ibna/