Albania was among the top 10 countries for which Germany issued work visas for highly qualified employees in 2020, reported "Schengenvisainfo".
Although in conditions of extreme closure, the German authorities have managed to issue 30,200 visas for qualified specialists and trainers from third countries, from March 1 to December 31, 2020.
Highly skilled workers were hired from four Western Balkan countries such as Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania.
A total of 2,024 Serb citizens have managed to obtain a visa to Germany to live there and work in their field of expertise. Meanwhile, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the German Embassy has issued up to 1,159 visas for skilled workers to work or look for a job in the EU's largest economy.
Kosovo and Albania are also among the ten countries with the most issued visas, whose citizens received the most visas as high-skilled workers as well, ranked ninth and tenth with 792 and 778 visas received respectively.
The countries of the Western Balkans are known for the departure of young people, who are increasingly looking to the opportunities offered by Central European countries, in particular Germany.
In Albania, 70 percent of young people want to leave the country, according to a 2018 National Report, produced by the Albania Center for the Rights of the Child (CRCA) and the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN).