While political leaders in Kosovo are waiting to see the country benefiting from the visa liberalisation process, a significant number of young people is leaving the country and heading to EU member countries.
In most cases, Germany is their main destination. Germany’s ambassador to Pristina says that this country’s embassy has received many demands from youngsters who have found a job in Germany and are waiting to obtain a work visa.
The majority of these people go to work in the construction sector and hospitality, but there are also many of them who work as cleaners or nurses. Amongst them there are also young qualified doctors.
According to the Office for European Statistics (EUROSTAT), between 2008 and 2018 around 203,330 citizens have fled Kosovo and many have applied for asylum in the European Union.
Experts in the country say that youngsters are leaving due to the lack of perspective and jobs.
Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that youngsters are mainly leaving for economic and political reasons.
“Lack of government policies, lack of values and meritocracy, unemployment and low wages are some of the reasons pushing youngsters to leave the country. There are many qualified youngsters who are unable to find a job because they do not affiliate in political parties. Meanwhile, those who manage to find employment in the private sector are not happy with the small wages that they get”, Shala says.
According to him, youngsters are leaving because state institutions are not functioning properly, while society is politicized. /ibna