1. In which year did you emigrate?
I emigrated to Germany in 1992 after being informed that there is no specialization for me while this regime exists; I returned to Kosovo in 2003 and I emigrated again (to Switzerland) in 2013 (after the Constitutional Court overturned the reforming articles in the new Health Law approved in 2012 and with this action made the status quo legal i.e. stagnation for the next 10-15 years. A group of doctors, of which I was also a part, had been engaged for almost 10 years to clearly divide the work of a doctor: either in the public sector or in the private sector! And this failed constitutionally!
2. What do you remember most about your early life in the Western world?
What I remember most is the big difference between Kosovo at that time and Germany: the difference in the dimension of FREEDOM, the feeling of being FREE, the difference between Kosovo that was occupied, oppressed and terrorized compared to Germany, a free, sovereign, democratic country, open to the world and humanity. The difference of a person who comes from a captive Kosovo, with apartheid and segregation, to a free country - Germany where a person breathes freely, looks at the horizon at infinity, feels his value as a professional and feels the value of his dignity as man! I mean in myself I felt the refraction of two different, diametrically opposed worlds!
3. How did your integration go and what difficulties did you encounter?
I learned the German language as a student in Pristina, with the idea of doing part of my specialization in a country where German or English is spoken (since I knew English earlier). Knowing the German language, my previous acquaintance with German culture and literature, as well as previous contacts (visits in 1989), created circumstances that made me feel very comfortable in Germany from the beginning. Even the fact that I fortunately, after 4 days of going there, put on the doctor's coat at a well-known Institute in Bielefeld (Germany), gave me the idea that Germany is my chosen place of work and life. This good feeling has followed me throughout my stay there, even later, until today. This probably also has to do with the fact that since the first day in Germany, I have been followed by success in work and in life. My personal experiences were only good and positive.
4. What ties do you have with your homeland and what importance does it have in your life?
The fact that I started working very quickly after my move to Germany and the very democratic and regulated and functional health system, enabled me to start specializing in Radiology together with the beginning of work. This opened the doors for me to learn (specialize), to acquire scientific methods and medical skills in a field which was experiencing the greatest development in its history - in Radiology which was developing itself and changing all diagnostics imaging and medical in general. During these five (5) years of specialization, I have been fully dedicated in this direction, devoting all my time, opportunities and capacities to it. After completing the specialization and returning to the DIRANUK Institute in Bielefeld, now as a specialist and as one of the Institute's partners, the situation in Kosovo worsened even more. In Germany, we founded the Association of Albanian Doctors. But even outside of professional life, in general, many organizations of our people were made, in associations, clubs, etc., to help improve the situation in Kosovo. From this time, I still remember many meetings with German citizens, to get to know and present the situation in Kosovo. Kosovo was a central topic in the media but also in social life in Germany, in the years 1998 and 1999. During all this time, my contacts with Kosovo were mainly through compatriots in Germany, Switzerland, etc., then visits of my relatives in Germany or visits to my wife and children in Kosovo. In 1999 came the year of the miracle, the liberation of Kosovo, and the opening of Kosovo to the world. At the same time, unimpeded visits to Kosovo.
5. How many times a year do you visit Kosovo on average?
I visit Kosovo many times a year. For example, in 2001/2002 when we started with Magnetic Resonance in our practice in Kosovo, I traveled almost every weekend to Pristina, with the idea that my colleagues in Kosovo could see in practice the work of a radiologist with Magnetic Resonance (which was a novelty for Kosovo) ), as well as the patients to see in practice that for this new method, they do not need to go outside of Kosovo, since now we offer it in Pristina. This connection with Kosovo, with the successful work in our ordinance established in 2000, led me to the decision to finish the work at the Institute in Bielefeld (which only a few years ago was my biggest dream) and to return completely to Kosovo in 2003.
6. How much has Kosovo changed according to your impression?
Kosovo in the time we are mentioning has changed a lot! They are historic changes! From an occupied country, he managed to live his freedom. Now Kosovo is a free country! Since 2008 independent country. Now, with a lot of work and commitment, we can achieve that it becomes a democratic country, where the law rules and where people have their own inalienable value!
7. What do you miss the most from Kosovo in exile?
There are many things that I miss from Kosovo: it is the people of Kosovo, my former society, the real society. Also, since 2013, I miss my children, my beloved nieces, nephew, extended family, relatives and all that special environment that knows how to create in a special way, e.g. on the Nena Tereze promenade, in Germi or anywhere in Kosovo.
8. Do you think of returning one day to live in Kosovo?
An exile from Kosovo lives his life in the west with the idea of returning to his homeland! It is a special idea, magical I would say! An idea that is permanent, like the waves of the sea, sometimes calmer and sometimes waves! It is this distinctive power of these waves that brought our man in exile to Kosovo! I come to Kosovo many times during the year. There we celebrate my birthday and that of my wife, the birthdays of our children, granddaughters and grandson. I come with love and desire, and when I return to the west, which is my place of work and life, I keep daily contact with my family. But the daily contacts with Kosovo are also due to my patients. Every day, patients are examined at the Euromed Clinic with Magnetic Resonance and I diagnose them remotely. If only I were there, locked in my study at Euromed. Teleradiology and technical development in our time make it possible. Even the same happens when I'm on vacation, anywhere in the world, I have to be connected to the Internet to receive the images of the patients examined at Euromed, and send them the reports with the specialist diagnosis. This is the special connection with Kosovo.
9. Describe your professional commitment to us in more detail?
I am engaged in work at the hospital in the position of the leading doctor (Leitender Arzt) in the Radiology department. Being together with a team of 9 radiologists in a large hospital, I deal with the whole spectrum of pathology, given that all diagnostic imaging methods are offered here. At the same time, our daily work in Radiology is interwoven through medical consultations with all other departments of the hospital on a daily basis.
In 2019, I also received my license for private work, marking the good moment as the first Albanian radiologist with a private license in Switzerland and the opening of my office in Zürich. A working day here for me is filled with direct work engagement with patients or indirectly (as a consultant to younger colleagues).
10. In your opinion, what should Kosovo institutions do for emigrants?
Kosovo institutions help the diaspora by working properly for the state and the citizens of Kosovo: by developing and advancing the state and society in Kosovo, they will provide the best service for everyone, even for the diaspora! It would be a very good feeling for every immigrant if he could declare that: he comes from a free country, where law and order rule, a democratic country, economically developed, fair for all citizens and a country of work and perspective for the future of its citizens! Kosovo is our identity card in the world (regardless of where we live and operate or even what passport we may have)! Therefore, the institutions of Kosovo must work so that this ID card becomes an honored name in the society of nations! And all of us, wherever we are, will be at the service of these institutions! AT THE SERVICE OF THE MOTHERLAND AND THE PRESIDENT OF KOSOVO!!!
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