Thousands of young people in Kosovo are preparing to go to work in Germany, which has a shortage of health workers, so the country could be without labor in some sectors.

Arbeni, a 26-year-old physiotherapist, is sitting in the back row of a bus from Ferizaj, a town in southeast Kosovo.

Duolingo, a foreign language learning app, is installed on his cellphone, so he learns German while traveling to his home village.

"I am learning German because soon I will go to Stuttgart", Arbeni is quoted as saying to the Croatian news agency, Hina, Index.hr writes, Telegrafi follows.

He had never been to Germany, but as soon as he was offered a job in this profession, he did not hesitate.

Germany and Switzerland have a shortage of health workers, so Arben will be given an open-ended contract and hopes to stay permanently.

"I will never return", he said.

As the Croatian media write, Arbeni is one of more than 50 thousand Kosovars who are currently waiting for a visa to Germany, according to analysts in Kosovo.

Croatian media describe the situation in one of the cities of Kosovo.

In Prizren, a city in the south of the country, there is a promenade along the river, the banks of which are connected by an old stone bridge, writes Index.hr.

There are seen walking several couples with children and a group of foreign tourists climbing the hill towards the walls of the local fort.

But the cafes and restaurants are empty.

"People are thinking about how to survive", said a local economist who wanted to remain anonymous.

"Prices have skyrocketed since the start of the war in Ukraine," he adds.

Thus, some young people work temporarily in cafes and factories until they get a visa to go abroad.

"Soon there will be no one left to work in certain professions", warns the economist.

He says that 65 thousand Kosovars are waiting for a work permit for Germany.

In 2008, Kosovo declared independence, and now both Albanians and Serbs are leaving the country of 1.8 million in search of work abroad.

Making a comparison, Croatian media write that Croatia was the last to join the EU in 2013, when the doors of the labor market in the bloc of 27 countries were opened to its residents.

And in the last ten years, this country has lost about 400 thousand inhabitants, according to the population census published in January.

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Telegraph

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