Poor country, rich politicians!

Three-days visit of Brussels Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, in Kosovo faced him with the reality of the consequences of the citizens of Kosovo as a result of Brussels subsequent tolerance of the organised crime and corruption in the country’s public administration at central and local level, as the EU’s high officials within the their Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo [EULEX], have been accused of involvement in the very same organised crime and corruption that they have been mandated to combat in joint efforts with local institutions.

Belgium Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken [L], speaking at a joint Press Conference after meeting with Kosovo’s interior Minister Skender Hyseni [R] in Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital city - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Belgium Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken [L], speaking at a joint Press Conference after meeting with Kosovo’s interior Minister Skender Hyseni [R] in Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital city – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Nearly 30percent of Kosovars lives below the poverty line. Nearly 55 percent of them are unemployed. An Albanian woman walks into the poorest neighborhood road located in the outskirts of the southeastern Kosovo city of Gjilan. 17 years earlier the city was among the richest of Kosovo due to full manufacturing operations of more than 15 factories, including the development of agriculture. Today the majority of citizens are unemployed as corrupt privatization process has destroyed the working environment - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Nearly 30percent of Kosovars lives below the poverty line. Nearly 55 percent of them are unemployed. An Albanian woman walks into the poorest neighborhood road located in the outskirts of the southeastern Kosovo city of Gjilan. 17 years earlier the city was among the richest of Kosovo due to full manufacturing operations of more than 15 factories, including the development of agriculture. Today the majority of citizens are unemployed as corrupt privatization process has destroyed the working environment – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Children in Kosovo are among the groups most vulnerably to poverty. Households with children are found to be substantially more likely to be poor. Recent studies by #UNICEF - Kosovo showed that #children are at higher risk of living in poverty in Kosovo compared to the general population - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Children in Kosovo are among the groups most vulnerably to poverty. Households with children are found to be substantially more likely to be poor. Recent studies by #UNICEF – Kosovo showed that #children are at higher risk of living in poverty in Kosovo compared to the general population – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fifteen years since breaking from the war, Kosovo stands among Europe’s poorest countries with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fifteen years since breaking from the war, Kosovo stands among Europe’s poorest countries with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fitim Morina said that he traveled to Europe throughout the fields and forest of Serbian-Hungarian Borders, up to the train stations when they played cat and mice with the European border police to avoid being cought. Fitim and his four months pregnant wife Shqipridona (R in picture) - returned in Kosovo voluntarily after having experienced a tough path towards uncertain future - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti]

Fitim Morina said that he traveled to Europe throughout the fields and forest of Serbian-Hungarian Borders, up to the train stations when they played cat and mice with the European border police to avoid being cought. Fitim and his four months pregnant wife Shqipridona (R in picture) – returned in Kosovo voluntarily after having experienced a tough path towards uncertain future – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti]

Fitim now owns a car wash centre in Kosovo's coutheastern city of Gjilan. The baby they're expecting is a boy and they didn't decide yet about his name - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fitim now owns a car wash centre in Kosovo’s coutheastern city of Gjilan. The baby they’re expecting is a boy and they didn’t decide yet about his name – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Luan Dinaj, a 28 year old from Kosovo who went to seek asylum in Belgium in July 2013 – after his claim was rejected he voluntarily returned to Kosovo one year later. As student now he lives with a roommate of studies in a small underground room in Prishtina, Kosovo's capital city - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Luan Dinaj, a 28 year old from Kosovo who went to seek asylum in Belgium in July 2013 – after his claim was rejected he voluntarily returned to Kosovo one year later. As student now he lives with a roommate of studies in a small underground room in Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital city – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Luan Dinaj washing dishes in his improvised kitchen in Prishtina, Kosovo. “I’d never leave Kosovo if there was prosperous future” he said - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Luan Dinaj washing dishes in his improvised kitchen in Prishtina, Kosovo. “I’d never leave Kosovo if there was prosperous future” he said – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Stereotypes of Roma, for example as thieves and beggars, are used all over Europe and generate further marginalization and discrimination in Kosovo, whose nearly 30 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, with millionaire politicians immersed in crime - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Stereotypes of Roma, for example as thieves and beggars, are used all over Europe and generate further marginalization and discrimination in Kosovo, whose nearly 30 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, with millionaire politicians immersed in crime – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fifteen years since breaking from the war, Kosovo stands among Europe’s poorest countries with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor.

Fifteen years since breaking from the war, Kosovo stands among Europe’s poorest countries with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor – March 2015 [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fifteen years since breaking from the war, Kosovo stands among Europe’s poorest countries with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor - March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]

Fifteen years since breaking from the war, Kosovo stands among Europe’s poorest countries with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor – March 2015. [©vedatxhymshiti.uk]