“Kosovo’s Albanians exodus relates to the delays in the lifting of the visa regime”

“Kosovo’s Albanians exodus relates to the delays in the lifting of the visa regime”

Tirana, February 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Albanian Minister of Integration, Klajda Gjosha says that the current exodus of the Albanians from Kosovo is a direct consequence of the delays in the process of the liberalization of visas.

When Albania was lifted the visa regime with the European Union, many people were skeptic in this country, but especially in Brussels, that this would actually work out. They feared a possible exodus or a repetition of the start of ‘90’s in a legal way now.

But, five years later, it was proven that very few people attempted to leave the country.

This precedent is seen by the Albanian government as a good possibility that will also work out for Kosovo. Therefore, Albanian Minister of Integration, Klajda Gjosha, says that the current exodus of the Albanians of Kosovo, is a direct consequence of the delays in the process of the liberalization of the visa regime.

“Economic reasons push people to go where they believe they will find a better paid job and a better life. Besides this, the people in Kosovo may also be fed up of the visa regime”.

But why are people in Kosovo so impatient to move freely in the European Union.

The fact is that when all the citizens of Albania could not leave the territory for around 50 years, citizens of Kosovo moved freely everywhere.

This situation continued until Kosovo proclaimed its independence. Now, the country is applying to Brussels for free movement of its citizens.

Mrs. Gjosha says that this also plays a role: “Kosovo is a state that has traveled free in those years, during those years when it was unthinkable to travel freely in Europe, when Albania didn’t have this chance; in my knowledge, citizens of Kosovo have always been free to travel and today in 2015, we are still discussing the issue of visas for Kosovo”, says Gjosha.

As far as integration in the EU for which both countries aspire, is concerned, Mrs. Gjosha says that this is a joint objective, but the phases of the process are different. “Of course, our countries are in different phases of the integration process, but the clear perspective of the future for us and the region, must join us more than ever in this journey”. The minister says that Albania can offer Kosovo assistance, especially on a technical level. She calls for Kosovo to make lots of efforts: “The process of the integration of our countries is a challenge of our countries and the entire region, therefore we must work together in order to finalize these challenges as soon as possible. This is the only way our countries can move forward and be developed”. /ibna/