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