Young People Leaving Kosovo – BBC Feature Article by Guy De Launey

The BBC has published an interesting piece on the migration of young people from Kosovo to other European countries. In recent months Kosovo has experienced similar protests to those seen in Bosnia in 2014, signalling a widespread dissatisfaction with political elites and their use of privatisation processes for personal enrichment. Similar frustration is vented towards external international actors, and particularly the EU, seen as complicit in these processes. It is against these political backdrops that the ERC YouCitizen project, led by Prof. Lynn Staeheli (I am part of the wider research team) is exploring the cultivation of ideas of citizenship amongst young people in BiH (which faces similar challenges as Kosovo with an even more extreme youth unemployment), South Africa and Lebanon.

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