Albanians still lead region’s youth migration, with 79 percent looking to leave

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 9, 2018 10:34

Albanians still lead region’s youth migration, with 79 percent looking to leave

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  • Among the region’s countries, the second largest figure of people who seek to leave their home countries is observed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 62 percent, while the third largest figure is observed in Macedonia, with 51 percent, while for Serbia and Montenegro, the part of youth that wants to leave is smaller than 50 percent.

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TIRANA, Nov. 8 – The ever-increasing trend of Albanian youth to leave the country as soon as possible has lowered chances for the country’s economy to improve, as experts have claimed for years it’s particularly this part of the society that can help speed up development.

According to a Gallup study, 79 percent of Albanians between 15 and 29 years old want to leave Albania once and for all.

“I wanna leave as soon as possible. I have thought of going to Germany,” an Albanian youth told local media.

Among the region’s countries, the second largest figure of people who seek to leave their home countries is observed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 62 percent, while the third largest figure is observed in Macedonia, with 51 percent, while for Serbia and Montenegro, the part of youth that wants to leave is smaller than 50 percent.

The main reasons Albanian youth wants to leave Albania is the perceived unemployment.

“There is no work and making a life is very difficult,” another youngster told local media.

According to the official Albanian statistic institute (INSTAT), during the second trimester of 2018 unemployment for ages 15-29 years old reached 22.6 percent, almost two times more than the average unemployment rate.

More than the lack of work, it is the lack of hope for a better future most youths quote as their main reason for leaving the country.

“There is no future here,” another Albanian youth has told media.

These figures are not the result of only one study.

Back in August, the National Youth Network and the CRCA Centre completed another survey as part of the National Youth Index, where it was resulted that the youth, which accounts for 35 percent of the population, claims it is not a priority for any public institution.

“The first problem raised in all consultations conducted with young people from all 12 regions of Albania is the lack of studying opportunities. They complete their study cycle and feel this difficulty since their student years. Then, when they finish their studies, they have no employment opportunities due to the lack of incentive policies for youth employment by the government,” head of the NYN and study’s author Ervjola Osmanaj said.

Youth participation in decision-making processes is also very low. The report found that over 70 percent of young people do not have government support to be represented in decision-making processes or local government branches.

Polls show that young people are being used only as a political background, but do not have any effective participation in policy-making or political decision-making and do not find support from it.

In addition, one of the main challenges for youth remains employment, while about 80 percent of youth organizations say they do not have government support for promoting youth employment.

The report also cites data from the International Labor Organization (ILO), which show Albania occupies one of the first places in Europe for youth unemployment.

All these circumstances, taken together, are main drivers behind Albanian youth’s apathy and inclination to leave the country and never look back.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 9, 2018 10:34