Saturday, 3 June 2023
Poll: 42 percent of Macedonians want to leave the country
A poll by the Gallup association shows that 42 percent of Macedonian citizens would leave the country if opportunity comes. The regional poll showed the corresponding percentage of citizens of Bulgaria and Slovenia in the 20-ies, 39 percent of people in Kosovo declared their intent to leave, 40 percent...
Six of ten young people want to leave Macedonia
Six out of ten young people in Macedonia would move out, a poll conducted by the Westminster Foundation found. Only 29 percent of young people say they are not considering that option. It’s no longer an issue of higher wages but better quality of life. Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 young people say...
Drop in the unemployment rate is entirely due to emigration, VMRO-DPMNE tells PM Kovacevski
VMRO-DPMNE responded to claims from Prime Minister Kovacevski that he reduced the unemployment rate to 15 percent by pointing to the statistics in more detail. According to the opposition parties, there are no new jobs being opened – in fact, the number of active employees and job seekers dropped...
AFP report: Macedonians have given up on their country and are looking for a way out
In a report from Macedonia, the French news agency AFP reports on the devastating effect of emigration from the Balkans. The agency reports from Valandovo, a small city in the south of Macedonia, where people survive on meagre farming incomes and most young people look for a way out. Five of my friends...
Zaev’s deputy claims credit for the reduction in the emigration rate caused by the pandemic
Deputy Prime Minister Ljupco Nikolovski wrote a self-congratulatory comment about the reduced emigration levels in 2020, and credited the Government – not the global pandemic – for it. A poll showed that only 7 percent of citizens have a member of their household who emigrated in 2020. This...
Over 7,000 Macedonians got EU citizenships in 2019
A Eurostat report shows that 7,147 Macedonians received citizenship in EU member states in 2019. Of the other Balkan countries, Albania lost the most citizens to EU member states – 41,703. Serbia ranked second with 10,297 and Kosovo is third with 8,047.
In 10 years, high school lost a quarter of their students
The number of high school students dropped by 23.6 percent in ten years, a report by the State Statistics Bureau found. According to the report, there were 94,387 high school students in 2008. This number dropped to 86,936 in 2013 and by the 2018-2019 school year it was down to 72,123. This is a net...
Former Healthcare Minister Taravari warns of an on-going exodus of doctors from Macedonia
Gostivar Mayor Arben Taravari, who served as Healthcare Minister in 2017, warned today that 400 doctors have left Macedonia over the first six months of 2019. Medical professionals are highly sought for and on a typical year, Taravari said, about 200 would emigrate from Macedonia for Western countries,...
More than 33.000 people left Macedonia in 2018, making it a record year for emigration
An analysis by the Kosovan EPIK institute reveals that more than 33.000 people moved out of Macedonia in 2018 alone. The report estimates that 258.000 people moved out of Macedonia in the decade between 2008 and 2018. An increase in emigration was recorded in 2015, the first year of the on – going...
Following his gaffe, Pendarovski calls on all the parties to apologize to the public for the high emigration rate
President Stevo Pendarovski, in hot water over his comment advising the young people of Macedonia to leave the country, today tried to diffuse blame and called on all political parties to apologize to the public for the high emigration rate. Pendarovski’s advice to the young: If I weren’t...
Pendarovski attempts to do damage control after his shocking statement telling young people they should move out of Macedonia
President Stevo Pendarovski rushed to do some damage control after his shocking statement today, given at a youth gathering in Novi Sad, where he told the participants that if he weren’t President he would also emigrate from Macedonia. The statement is especially damaging given that during their...
Pendarovski’s advice to the young: If I weren’t President, I would move out of my country too
If a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth, President Stevo Pendarovski made the mother of all gaffes today. Speaking to an audience of young people from the Balkans gathered in Novi Sad, Pendarovski advised them to leave their countries. You only have one life to live, we all do, and...
SDSM minister laughs while saying that Zaev lied when he promised to stop and reverse youth emigration from Macedonia
First it was Justice Minister Renata Deskoska, who earlier this week acknowledged that the 2019 amnesty law, that benefited three members of Parliament charged with “terrorism” by the Zaev regime, was adopted in order to get them to vote for the name change. And now, another of Zaev’s...
A quarter of the Balkan population left for the EU, RCC says
The Balkan Regional Cooperation Council estimates that five million people from the six Western Balkan countries have emigrated to the European Union in the past seven years. According to Majlinda Bregu from the RCC, the demographics and emigration flows are transforming both Europe and the Balkans....
Netpress: Police ranks decimated by recruiters offering well paid jobs across Europe
The Netpress news site, which specializes in reporting on crime and police actions, reports that police ranks are being decimated by recruiters offering well paid security jobs in Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom or Scandinavia. According to Netpress, about 1.000 of the 11.600 Interior Ministry employees...
Macedonia lost 24.000 people to the EU countries in 2018 alone
Eurostat data reveal that 24.000 people moved out of Macedonia last year into European Union countries. This amounts to 2.1 percent of the total population, which puts us in third place in the Balkans as a percentage of lost population, behind Kosovo and Albania. Nearly half of all who moved out of Macedonia...
Despite solid salaries and perks, IT professionals are leaving Macedonia
The association of IT companies warns that it is facing with an exodus of IT professionals, despite the solid salaries offered in the industry. For years we’ve had some 7.000 software engineers registered in Macedonia. Hundreds graduate each year, but the fact that the overall number remains the...
Albanian language media full of stories of people emigrating out of Macedonia
Albanian media outlets in Macedonia are full of reports of on-going mass emigration into European Union countries. Macedonians and Albanians are leaving the country, but the phenomenon appears especially prominent among Albanians, as indicated by the exceptionally low turnout rates in the last several...
Depressing online poll shows 83.7 percent would like to leave Macedonia
Disastrous results of an online poll conducted by the Fakulteti.mk news site show that 83.7 percent of those who responded would happily move out of Macedonia. A total of 1.474 people took part in the poll, and out of them, 1.234 responded “yes” to the question “if you could, would...
Sela: Partisan driven hiring in the healthcare system is pushing young doctors to leave the country
Alliance of Albanians leader Ziadin Sela claims that young doctors are leaving Macedonia in droves, and he blamed the nepotistic hiring practices in the Macedonian healthcare system as one of the reasons why young specialists look to go abroad. With every new round of hirings, all hope is being destroyed...
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