According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than 40.000 citizens of the Republic of Kosovo have renounced Kosovo citizenship from the 2009 to today.
The data reported are only from the last four years for an average that exceeds 5000 year-end waivers of Kosovar citizenship.
This trend has increased since the 2014, when 5.158 people lost their citizenship; while in the 2016 the figure has even risen to 5.871 people.
Rroksana Qarri, director of the office of public communication, said that most of those who have renounced citizenship are Kosovar citizens residing in Germany:
"The main reason is the acquisition of the citizenship of another country that does not allow to maintain the dual citizenship for citizens who are not part of the European Union. So, as you can see, the situation is not to be considered serious; it is a matter of Kosovars who meet the legal conditions to obtain citizenship of the host country " - adds Qarri.
Isuf Zejna, instead, of the organization "Demokracia Plus", in a statement issued to Radio Free Europe stated that renouncing Kosovo citizenship for that of another country is not a good thing for the state.
"This is the result of the great immigration we have in Kosovo, due to the non-existent economic prospects of the country. Our citizens are constantly looking for a good job in Western Europe. Some of these states, like Germany, do not issue citizenship without renouncing the Kosovar one first. As a result, citizens are forced to opt for this choice. "
The cause, for Zejna, is the general society in Kosovo that has failed to create an economy that guarantees well-being to its citizens:
"Other countries can offer better conditions to our citizens. Today you can be the best surgeon in Kosovo, but you will have no perspective and you will have a very low salary. While in Western Europe, for your own place, they offer a salary ten times higher. Kosovo currently does not have the resources to resist this 'brain drain'. "
Data from the Diaspora Ministry testify that there are about 400.000 Kosovar citizens living in other countries of Europe and the world. Number to be considered even greater, since the final data on the diaspora should only be published in the 2021.