30 Nov 2018

When every citizen wants to leave

Emigration from Western Balkans to Western Europe appears to be on the rise. High unemployment, political instability, weak social services, and a generalized lack of opportunities are among the main reasons for leaving. 

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Why this story matters:

There is a lack of reliable statistics, but anecdotal evidence shows a significant increase of emigration from the Balkans.

If you are from any of the Western Balkans countries, you probably know at least one person who has recently packed their bags and moved abroad.

Massive waves of emigration in younger generations combined with an aging of population certainly doesn't leave a lot of room for optimism. Some people joke by saying that, for those that remain, the question is not if they will leave, but rather when.

And the joke might come true if citizens are not presented with better living conditions soon.

Details from the story:

  • Almost 240,000 citizens of Croatia moved to Germany from Croatia between 2013 and 2017, according to Germany’s Statistical Office. 
  • Net migration to Germany from Kosovo was around 39,000, from Serbia around 29,000, from Albania around 28,000, from Macedonia around 24,000, and from Montenegro over 3,000 between 2013 and 2017, Kosovo 2.0. reported.  
  • Net migration from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Germany in the past five years was officially around 40,000, with 14,000 of those people moving in 2017 alone.
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