All News on Social Issues in Albania

Albania Failing to Act on Threats to Crime Reporters

Crime reporters in Albania routinely face threats, insults and intimidation - often in court - from those accused of organised crime and their relatives. The authorities are failing to act, according to the findings of a BIRN investigation.

Serbia Still Putting Children with Disabilities in Institutions: Report

More than three quarters of children living in state institutions in Serbia are children with disabilities, according to the latest United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

At 77 per cent, Serbia ranks joint third with Hungary behind Turkmenistan and China in a total of 57 countries analysed.

The contribution of Albanians

The contribution of Albanians and ethnic Greeks from Albania to the Greek economy is indisputable. The big migration wave of the 1990s revitalized almost all professions and remains a decisive factor in the country's economic development. Greece gained capable blue-collar workers and laborers who, with their dedication and hard work, continue to contribute to the country and create wealth.

The Clock Ticks for Albania’s ‘Demographic Dividend’

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

"We are worried," said Majlinda Nesturi, the director of social statistics at INSTAT, the country's statistical agency. 

Nesturi has every reason to be worried.

North Macedonia Trails Balkan Peers on LGBT Tourist Safety

Serbia ranks as the safest destination for LGBT tourists and North Macedonia as the worst among Balkan states featured on a list of 150 most-visited countries published by travel bloggers Asher and Lyric Fergusson.

Kosovo’s Demographic Destiny Looks Eerily Familiar

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

Albanians prefer Italy and Greece

Greece was the second most popular destination behind Italy for Albanian migrants in search of jobs and a better standard of living between 2008 and 2018, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

During that 10-year period, 622,000 Albanian citizens received residence permits from EU countries, Eurostat said.

Serbia Vows to Adopt New NATO Plan Soon

The head of the Serbian delegation to the NATO assembly, Dragan Sormaz, has denied reports that adoption of a new Individual Partnership Action Plan, IPAP, with the Atlantic alliance has been delayed due to a lack of political will - and said the new plan involves cooperation at a higher level.

Can Europe Help the Balkans Keep its Young Emigrants?

A big question, however, is whether opening EU accession talks, or even eventual membership, will actually persuade young and skilled women and men to stay in the region.

The answer gets more complicated when the Western Balkan six — Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia — are compared with neighbouring Croatia.

When Albanian Migrant Ships Tugged Malta’s Heart

"Looking at these photographs after so many years, it certainly provokes emotions," recalls Ndricim Baci, who was then 22 and had left for Malta with his 15-year-old brother, Avni.

"Twenty-eight years have passed but I still remember those dramatic moments," adds Baci, who together with his family now lives and works in Italy.

Tradition Denies Albanian Women Right to Property

Although Shpresa's husband is now behind bars, the plight of the woman from the Albanian town of Fushe Kruja continues, as now she has to fend off a civil lawsuit brought by her brother-in-law over the ownership of the house where she lives with her sons.

Albania rescues 36 Afghans from ship, trying to cross into Greece

Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece.
Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were rescued by the ship Oriku in cooperation with Frontex, the European Union's border control force. She says they have been handed over to local authorities.

Albania Mulls Easing Citizenship Procedure for Diaspora Members

A new draft law on citizenship adopted by the Albanian government, due to be approved by parliament, will allow Albanians living abroad to acquire Albanian citizenship more easily.

The only precondition would be to prove that their ancestors had Albanian citizenship.