Living in between: young albanians in Kosovo

Collection with 24 media items created by alfredoc

15 Jan 2015 11:08

After Kosovo obtained its independence in 2008, young Kosovar Albanians are trying to become protagonists of the future of their own country: a population of 2 million inhabitants, mainly Muslims, and 52% under the age of 25.

The majority of the youth live in major cities where they try to obtain a university degree and often speak. English fluently. Young people in Kosovo are also politically active and strongly critical against the current government for its failure to meet the needs of the general population and for corruption.

In towns and small cities, young families live in precarity, with an unemployment rate reaching almost 70% and wages far below the European average at around 300 euros per month in the larger cities.

Youngsters are at crossroads: on one hand they want to create their own identity, but at the same time they question their real possibilities in a country that, according to an activist belong to Vetevendosje (a movement for self-determination), “resembles an eternal patient, constantly cared for by doctors who don’t perform any real healing that would allow him to walk with his own legs.”

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Kosovo Youth 01
Ferizaj
By alfredoc
22 Mar 2012

A boy looks outside the window during the primary elections for choosing the candidate for local elections, at Vetevendosje headquarters.

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Kosovo Youth 02
Kline
By alfredoc
14 Jan 2012

Zef Ademay, Mark Coli and Labinot Berisha are seen near a village near Kline. The three boys are unemployed, but thanks to odd jobs they earn around 80 euros per month.

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Kosovo Youth 03
Pristina
By alfredoc
15 Jan 2012

The statue of Bill Clinton, on Bill Clinton boulevard.

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Kosovo Youth 04
Peje
By alfredoc
13 Jan 2012

Kastriot Berisha, 24, is seen in his room. Kastriot is a broadcast and TV technician, and an IT technician. He lived for two years in Italy to learn his craft, and now he lives in Peje.

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Kosovo Youth 05
Prishtina
By alfredoc
10 Jan 2012

Night view of the city of Pristina, the capital and largest city in Kosovo. Pristina is located beside two large towns, Obilia‡ and Kosovo Polje. In fact Pristina has grown so much these past years that it has connected with Kosovo Polje.

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Kosovo Youth
Podujevo
By alfredoc
21 Jan 2012

Supporters of the nationalist Self-Determination Movement face police on January 22, 2012 during a demonstration near Podujevo, a town in northern Kosovo some six kms (four miles) from the main Merdare crossing to Serbia. Kosovo police and the protesters were locked in a tense stand-off as the authorities stopped some 1,000 demonstrators from blocking a border crossing with Serbia. Police in anti-riot gear prevented the protesters from moving beyond Podujevo.

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Kosovo Youth 07
Pristina
By alfredoc
25 Mar 2012

People attend Kosovo Fashion Week 2012.

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Kosovo Youth 08
Pristina
By alfredoc
12 Jan 2012

A girl stands inside a internet cafe near the university student dormitory.

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Kosovo Youth 09
Prishtina
By alfredoc
06 Jan 2012

A notebook in which young illustrators drew their hopes for the future in the library and coffee shop Dit e Nat.

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Kosovo Youth 10
Pristina
By alfredoc
22 Jan 2012

People dance during a turbofolk night in Maroon Bar.

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Kosovo Youth 11
Ferizaj
By alfredoc
31 Mar 2012

Three activists of Vetevendosje are seen smoking a cigarette outside the Vetevendosje headquarters .

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Kosovo Youth 12
Peje
By alfredoc
13 Jan 2012

A blind man is seen in a hall of a school for the blind.

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Kosovo Youth 13
Prishtina
By alfredoc
19 Jan 2012

Night view of the city of Pristina, the capital and largest city in Kosovo. Pristina is located beside two large towns, Obilia‡ and Kosovo Polje. In fact Pristina has grown so much these past years that it has connected with Kosovo Polje.

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Kosovo Youth 14
Peja
By alfredoc
25 Mar 2012

Ardian Hoxha in seen in his living room. He's 22 years old and he studies law at University of Pristina.

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Kosovo Youth 15
Pristina
By alfredoc
16 Jan 2012

The room of a university student. In many houses in Pristina there are no radiators, and people spend a lot on electricity to heat their houses in winter.

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Kosovo Youth 16
Pristina
By alfredoc
24 Mar 2012

Boys are seen during boxing practice in a public gym in the heart of Pristina.

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Kosovo Youth 17
Pristina
By alfredoc
09 Jan 2012

Kosovars pass by the independence monument 'NEWBORN' on January 10, 2011.

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Kosovo Youth 18
Pristina
By alfredoc
17 Mar 2012

Boiken Abazi, a Vetevendosje activist from Albania, is seen during a dinner in a kebab shop.

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Kosovo Youth 19
Pristina
By alfredoc
15 Mar 2012

A young man celebrates a goal during an Italian Serie A football match. The Kosovar Football Federation is not recognized by many European and world federations and so many people are fans of foreign teams.

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Kosovo Youth 20
Peja
By alfredoc
20 Mar 2012

Workers are seen during their work in a brewery.

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Kosovo Youth 21
Pristina
By alfredoc
14 Jan 2012

A guy plays slot machine in a "Play 4 Win" club.

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Kosovo Youth 22
Kline
By alfredoc
23 Jan 2012

A boy stands outside his house.

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Kosovo Youth 23
Pristina
By alfredoc
19 Mar 2012

People drink in a Pristina nightclub.

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Kosovo Youth 24
Pristina
By alfredoc
11 Jan 2012

People dance during a hip hop night in Depo, a nightclub near the Pristina city centre.