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Migration Activities

Even though the socio-economic situation in UNSC Resolution 1244-administered Kosovo has significantly improved in recent years and a measure of stability has returned, it remains among the poorest areas in Europe with an average annual per capita income of only $2,800 and with the official unemployment rate over 40 per cent – a key push factor that fuels outward migration. Over one third of the population (and nearly half of the youth) reported in 2009 that they had an intention to emigrate. Over the past few years Kosovo's economy has shown significant progress in transitioning to a market-based system and maintaining macroeconomic stability, but it is still highly dependent on the international community and the diaspora for financial and technical assistance. Remittances from the diaspora - located mainly in Germany, Switzerland, and other western European countries - are estimated to account for about 13-15 per cent of GDP, and international cooperation for another 7.5 per cent.

Demographics
Population:1.8 million-2.4 million (estimate)
Ethnicity:Albanians - 90%; Serbs - 6%; Others
Languages :Albanian, Serbian
Religions:Islam, Serbian Orthodoxy
Economy
GDP per Capita PPP (2013):8,740
Remittances (2012 estimate):USD 1,125 million
Inflation rate:since 2004, close to 0%
Unemployment:35 to 50%
Gender and Employment;(2010):45-55% of men and 10-15% of women are employed
Remittances:sixth largest global recipient of remittances, in relation to GDP

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Str. Gjergj Balsha, E-6/B-7, Arberia III
10000 Pristina
Kosovo
 

Tel:  + 381.38 249 040
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  + 381.38 249 060
Fax: + 381.38 249 039
Email: iomprn@iom.int
Website: kosovo.iom.int