Success story

Kujtim Dobruna

Kujtim Dobruna

1. In which year did you emigrate?

I emigrated in 1995, after being accepted as an economics student at the University of Graz. After obtaining a student visa at the Austrian embassy, ​​I tried to fly from Skopje to Vienna, but the Macedonian authorities at the time wouldn't let me. It seems that they were hindered by the fact that a young Albanian, who was not allowed to continue his education in his homeland, was going to a western country to study. I returned to Kosovo and after two days secured a ticket for the Pristina-Belgrade-Vienna flight. But it appeared that more tickets had been sold than there were seats available for the first leg of the flight. The captain, a corpulent man in his forties with thick gray hair, let me fly even though he couldn't offer me a seat. Thus, I did the first part of the journey standing. Upon arrival in Belgrade I was questioned by the border police about the reasons for my migration, but since my documentation was in order, I was allowed to fly to Vienna.