A growing number of Kosovars are seeking ‘honorary’ Albanian citizenship, some for prestige, others as a route to visa-free travel in Europe or to visit the dozens of countries which refuse to recognise Kosovo’s statehood. But are these always granted on merit?
For the best part of two decades, long lines outside European embassies were a morning fixture of capitals up and down the Balkans as citizens of the states spawned by Yugoslavia’s demise and post-communist Albania queued for visas and the opportunity to travel to the West.
Only in Pristina, capital of Kosovo, do they remain today, a symbol of the young country’s enduring isolation almost a decade since its neighbours in Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia were granted the right to visa-free travel across the European Union.
Not all Kosovars need to queue, however.