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Future prospects for young Kosovars

21.07.2016 – One in two Kosovars wishes to migrate to Western Europe. GIZ provides advice to young people in the country looking for a future.

The Republic of Kosovo faces serious economic challenges. Unemployment in some regions is over 40 per cent, and the rate among young people is even higher. For this reason, many see their only future as lying in Western Europe and are determined to emigrate – whether by legal or illegal means.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH set up the German Information Point for Migration, Vocational Training and Career (DIMAK) in 2015 in an effort to reduce illegal migration. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DIMAK provides advisory services to young people in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, on training opportunities, study courses and employment both in Germany and in Kosovo. The project has been well received: over 2,000 advisory meetings took place during the first six months following the launch of DIMAK.

Many of the young people who come to DIMAK wish to stay in Kosovo, in the hope of new opportunities emerging there. For these people, DIMAK works closely with Kosovo’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, for example, to provide training in job application. In this way it makes a direct
contribution to keeping young people in the country.

One of those who sought an opportunity in Germany is Arian Gashi. With the support of DIMAK staff, he was successful in finding an apprenticeship as a building electrician with the German company Wurm. His story is told in a video documentary:

Kosovo: Shaping migration. Finding a job with the right information:
https://www.giz.de/fluchtundmigration/en/html/1400.html

GIZ in Kosovo

GIZ has had a representation in Kosovo since 1999. German-Kosovar cooperation focuses mainly on sustainable economic development, democratisation, administration and education in the country.