The need to put a stop to the "Balkan Drain"
Albanian Daily News
Published February 13, 2015

By Arber Kadia

More and more disenchanted citizens from the Balkans are
viewing the opportunity to leave their home country as the only solution to the
dire socio-political and economic situation where they find themselves in. The
media report that Germany's Federal Office for Immigration is looking into ways
to repatriate these asylum seekers. In 2014 Germany turned down more than
200.000 asylum applications, deeming the countries of origin as safe.  The situation in the Balkans is not very good
as almost every government is troubled by a tough economic situation, which is
not finding respite in any of their attempted policies for economic revival.

People from both Serbia and Kosovo blame their government as
being too occupied on their power struggle to offer a real solution to their
situation. The delayed formation of Kosovo government and the recent street
protest, over the replacement of Jablanovic, give more weight to this argument.

In Albania things appear not to be as bad as in the
above-mentioned countries, however, attempts like the one witnessed in Vlore in
December of 2014, where 300 people were boarding a ship for Germany might be
something we might be seeing soon. Albania's case is a peculiar one as the
reason that might spur Albanians to leave again is the fragile law and order
situation. There is a spike in the use of TNT in recent days, three explosions
shocked Tirana on February 10 and if the trend continues people might take to
emigrating once again. Talking to young professionals or judging by their comments
on the social media, one sees that the solution to their problems might be a
permanent move either the US or Germany.

If the EU or the US do not assist the Balkan countries with
financial aid similar to that which Greece has been receiving, the situation
will continue to grow from bad to worse. Monetary help is one solution, what need
to be also addressed are the necessary reforms to strengthen rule of law. This
becomes necessary due to the fact that Balkan people are becoming growingly
more and more incredulous of their political parties in general, which might
result in social unrest such as one we have seen in Bosnia, Greece and Kosovo.

With numbers as high as 1000 Kosovars crossing into Hungary from
the Subotica-Szeged border daily, Balkan has become once again a troublesome
region for Europe. Germany's response yesterday was to send 20 police officers
to these borders to control the exodus.

EU's attempts to repatriate these people will become futile
in the near future if the situation in these emigrants' respective countries is
not addressed accordingly. Organized crime and human traffickers would only too
willingly take up to people smuggling if the demand rises.

The pertinent question here is: Is Northern Europe willing
to accept this batch of cheap labor force or is the situation more serious than
it appears?

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