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Working in Kosovo

Kosovo is one of Europe’s poorest countries. However, it is also one of only four countries on the continent that has registered positive economic growth during the crisis filled years of 2008 to 2012. This is largely due to a pro-growth budget, and inflow of cash from donor countries. The rate of unemployment is unusually high, at 40 percent, and youth and women are especially affected. Under these conditions, the prospects for expatriate jobs in the country are rather limited.

Kosovo is also making it more difficult for foreigners to take up employment in the country. Like other EU countries, now there is a yearly quota placed on various jobs. Foreigners have to prove qualifications and hiring companies must justify the need to hire foreign labour. Breaking this law leads to hefty fines.

Some of the places where foreign workforce can be employed in Kosovo, includes the international organizations that are working to maintain peace in the country. The European Union Rule of Law Mission, for example has advertised jobs for the current year, asking for international applicants from EU member countries and some Third State countries. The number of jobs available in these organizations, however are not very many and the competition stiff.

Since Kosovo is a developing economy, there are many opportunities for investments. Foreign investors with money will find that there many service related operations they can set-up. Tourism infrastructure for instance, is lacking and any development in this area is welcome. This type of investment will not only provide expatriates with jobs but locals as well.  

 

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