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.”