Almost half of the Albanian population (43%) wants to leave the country; this is the result of the survey conducted by the Regional Cooperation Council within the public opinion of the Balkan barometer.
In general, many of the citizens of all Balkan states tend to want to leave their country. The former are the citizens of Kosovo (48%), followed by those of Bosnia (44%), Albania (43%), Macedonia (39%) and Serbia (32%).
"Foreign labor markets continue to compete vigorously with national ones, in particular in some economies such as those of Kosovo and Albania, both for young people and for those who are qualified and with years of experience. The less qualified workers would be more inclined to leave the country, despite the fact that abroad no one guarantees them employment. This, in fact, explains the reason for the low percentage in the survey that is considering leaving the country of this working range. " - the report reads.
However, while in many cases the idea of leaving the country does not materialize in the Balkans, Albanian citizens are among the first in the world to make the idea become reality. According to the annual report published a couple of weeks ago by the European Union regarding asylum applications in the EU, Albania ranks seventh worldwide behind countries fleeing wars like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Eritrea, with well requested 26.000. From the 2013 to today, however, there are about 157.000 Albanian citizens who have applied for asylum with the maximum peak reached in the 2015, with many 69.000 requests.
According to the Albanian Albanian business magazine Monitor, in the relationship between requests and total population, Albania ranks first "thanks" to its population of just 2,9 million people (taking into consideration the first 20 countries in the world for requests of total asylum). For every 1000 inhabitants, in fact, were the numbers of Albanian asylum seekers. A value even higher than that of Syria, where despite the citizens escaping from one of the bloodiest wars that recent history has known, the ratio of asylum seekers to population is 5,9 / 1000 inhabitants.
This survey was originally published in the Albanian newspaper Shqip entitled "43% e shqiptarëve duan të largohen nga sell"
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