TIRANA, September 6
Youth unemployment remains a major challenge for Albania. Findings from surveys conducted by World Vision Albania and other official authorities confirm that unemployment rate for people aged 15-29 is 30 percent. Meanwhile, a higher percentage wants to leave the country. These data were unveiled by World Vision during the Social Justice Festival that was held in Tirana on Tuesday.
National Director of World Vision Albania and Kosovo, Toni Gogu said that 28.2 percent of young teens from 12 to 18 years-old are forced work due to social problems in order to provide income to their families.
“Youth unemployment rate is high. It is over 30 percent. It is obvious that this is not only an Albanian problem. This is a problem of the region,” Gogu said.
He added that the economies of the region are still in a transitional phase and youth is facing challenges. Moreover, he highlighted that a substantial growth in the number of young people that want to leave Albania was noticed.
“Young people lack hope and they believe that their dreams can be fulfilled in other countries and not in Albania,” Gogu added.
Young people shared examples of success at the Social Justice Festival and they appealed to their peers to build their future in Albania.
News Source: Ora News
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