PRISTINA – Dozens of buses full of passengers set off last night from Kosovo towards Merdare border crossing with Serbia. They will, as most of their fellow citizens, many of whom were arrested for attempting to illegally cross the border, try to find existential security in the European Union, writes the Pristina daily “Zeri”.

Photo: Marko Djurica / Reuters
Photo: Marko Djurica / Reuters

The paper states that the detention of hundreds of residents of Kosovo on Serbia-Hungary border and detention of hundreds of others at railway stations in Budapest has not stopped many to go on, as they hope, one way trip to EU.

Illegal emigration, as “Zeri” reports, emptied many towns in Kosovo in which can be seen a great reduction of the population, while the owners of commercial buildings and artisans complain that business is rapidly declining.

Seven years after self-proclaimed independence, Kosovo Albanians lose hope in economic development because, according to the daily, they are turned into beggars and brought to the brink of extreme poverty.

Cities like Pristina, Mitrovica, Vucitrn, Urosevac and Gnjilane have fewer inhabitants than two months ago, the paper says, adding that the seats in buses that leave Kosovo are always booked several days in advance.