By Trifun Kostovski
There are a lot of fragile and painful topics in our society, which are difficult and slow to heal. But it seems that one of the most dramatic, most complicated and most threatening phenomena that makes our society long-term unstable, without a future, desperate and stagnant is the mass emigration of young people, but also of the middle generations. Such a hopeless trend is not only characteristic of the Republic of Macedonia, but also for the entire Balkans, including the more developed countries belonging to the Balkan family, such as Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Bulgaria…Highly educated personnel, but also those who belong of the specific craft guilds, unstoppably leave their countries, and in Macedonia I think we are facing a kind of “emigration epidemic”.
In one of the past columns I wrote about the place and significance of man as an individual in the society, which can and should offer good education, health and all developmental dynamic processes in the further social involvement of citizens in different social segments, each according to their interest and gift.
If you notice, lately, there is a deficit of all skilled craftsmen: gardeners, winegrowers, electricians, nurses, painters…There is also a deficit of higher education staff, especially in the field of health.
In the history of the entire civilization migrations are common and are not unknown. We have witnessed the great migrations of the nations. These migration processes may be more dynamic or quieter. Sometimes they can be both helpful and progressive. But this is not the case we are facing now in our country. This process in our country will not improve the country and it is completely retrograde for its future. And we are closing our eyes to it. I have nothing against the need for every individual to look for his future in a stable and secure society, where he will feel accepted and calm. But why not provide conditions for citizens in the Republic of Macedonia to feel incentive, tranquility and social stability in the professional and private life?
The situation in the Republic of Macedonia is worrying. Mass migrations in our small country will leave lasting traits, unfortunately. We still cannot understand that man is the biggest investment and the most valuable social capital.
I cannot but think that my Macedonia serves as a country that needs to fill human resources in the highly developed countries of the European Union. Every highly educated and skilful man from the Republic of Macedonia, who is young, who has formed or will form a family, is the greatest wealth for the country. Because the future of this country rests on this group of citizens in every sense. It is sad that even neighboring countries, more developed than us, do not pay attention to this catastrophic process. They are also helpless, hopeless and without a developmental economic and social strategy and offer to retain those who should actively participate in the further building of the society.
Today we are witnessing another campaign for presidential election. Candidates pretending for this high office did not point to this problem at no rally and with any word. It is clear that resolving this problem does not fall under the authority of the presidency of the state. But the one who will be a president must have his own contribution, his own responsibility and care in resolving this issue, in cooperation with the government structures.
I wonder if one day we will wake up from this bad dream. But I am afraid that it would be too late, and this idea has been referred to me by the fact of a survey conducted by a friend of mine, owner of several information agencies. Namely, his teams conduct a survey of 8000 samples, where the target group is the young population, with the question: Do they want to stay in their homeland. The poll is still ongoing, but the initial findings of the first two days of the survey were very worrying and defeating. Imagine, 85% of young people want to leave Macedonia.
I am asking all responsible institutions and ruling sets what they exactly do to stop this suicide process. Who will the president of the state and the prime minister serve for not so long period of time, as Macedonia will remain with only two pillars: the state administration and pensioners. Is not it worrying that every year the number of first-graders in the Republic of Macedonia is reduced drastically. How long with this lack of care for their citizens and their future? How long will we be silent witnesses of the devastation in terms of human resources?
Is there a cure? Of course there is. But in order to reach the drug, it is necessary to develop a serious, thorough approach, to set on healthy legs of long-term policies to provide conditions for socially stable working conditions for all professions and to carry out urgent strategic analyses, plans and decisions, which must be a priority, since the departure from Macedonia has lasted for two decades. And for us citizens such entropy has become normality. We do not have the feeling any more that with this trend the foundations of our country are deeply undermined.
How will we preserve the culture, language, movable and immovable heritage we are proud of if our first-graders become literate in the countries of the European Union, Australia, America and New Zealand instead of Macedonia? For them, these cultures will become closer than their native culture.
I felt the need to share this thought with you, because if we really love our homeland, we must jointly seek a solution, but also ask the ruling and the opposition parties to reduce this problem at least temporarily if they cannot solve it. Losing the man as an individual, we are losing ourselves as a community.
That is all from me on this sad topic. It remains to think about it and do our best to solve this dramatic situation.
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