Since August 2014, when exodus from Kosovo began, until last December, it is estimated that about 100,000 people has left Kosovo, and from the beginning of this year 50,000 more, although no one officially wants to say it, writes Pristina daily “Bota Sot”.
The paper said that, if it is assumed that at least 100,000 people left Kosovo, the figure itself says that six percent of the population has left Kosovo in just a few months.
The article states that, according to the Institute for Statistics, Kosovo has a total of 1.8 million citizens, of which 1.7 million are Albanians.
Kosovo government officials say they have already begun to carry out the first measures to stop the mass emigration of Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija through Hungary to the EU, considered by Pristina experts as “the biggest exodus since the time of the Ottomans.”
Pristina experts warn that Kosovo “empties mercilessly”, that the situation is alarming and with unforeseeable consequences, and they call on the government to take adequate measures in order to stop the mass exodus of Albanians.
Historian Professor Hakif Bajrami fears that “behind this mass exodus of Albanians stand some collusion of world powers”.
His colleague, expert in demographics Dr. Rifat Blaku says that “this is tectonic shift for Albanians in Kosovo”.
The analyst Dukagjin Gorani believes that the mass exodus of Albanians in some way is “a protest against the government’s economic policies,” because, as he says, people are very unhappy and they have no hope for a better life.
His colleague Fatmir Seholi believes that the governments of Kosovo were never serious about the international reports on the progress of Kosovo which are continuously talking about the poor economic conditions in Kosovo.
Almost half of Kosovo citizens live in poverty
Referring to the data of the Association “Mother Teresa”, which operates in Kosovo, Seholi says that 18 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty with 0.90 eurocents per day, while 27 percent of them live in poverty with only 1.40 euros a day, and that unemployment in Kosovo is over 60 percent.
The greatest enemy of Kosovo, says Seholi, is corruption, organized crime and “client-based” access to employment in Kosovo institutions.
“People expected changes after the elections in June last year and seeing that nothing will change, hopes are gone and they now have their own and the fate of their families risked by going to the EU countries,” he said.
Bavarian Interior Minister: It is a scandal
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann demanded stopping the influx of asylum seekers from Kosovo and prevention of abuse of the German legislation in this area, reported German press.
“About 1,000 people a day, mostly with buses and small taxi-vehicles, leave Kosovo via Serbia, to Hungary and Austria and eventually they arrive to Germany. I consider it a scandal … the abuse in thousands of cases of our legislation on asylum seekers should not be accepted,” Hermann said.
Thachi: EU is to blame for massive departure of Albanians from Kosovo
Deputy Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said that the illegal migration of inhabitants of Kosovo to EU countries is alarming issue stating that the reason for this is “postponement of the decision of Brussels on visa liberalization.”
Postponement of the decision on visa liberalization has increased the concern of citizens, Thaci said in a statement to Radio Dukagjini from Brussels, adding that he is convinced that this decision will be made by the end of the year.
He believes that the inhabitants of Kosovo should feel more as Europeans and that freedom of movement is their inalienable right.
“We have finished all our tasks, it is on Brussels now to make a decision,” Thachi said.