17 August 2012EU member states are beginning to implement the blue card system, a Unionwide working permit for skilled labourers that allows holders and their families to reside, work and travel within the Union. But the move is raising fears that the Balkan brain drain will intensify.
Eligible candidates must have a university degree, professional experience and find a job in an EU country.
While the EU suffers from 23 percent unemployment, member states still need skilled labour in certain sectors, such as healthcare and engineering.
Analysts believe the educated youth in the region, whose unemployment in Kosovo has reached 60 percent, will be enticed to utilise the blue card system.