Albanians asked not to misuse visa-free regime

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 6, 2015 10:20

A day after 50 Albanians were deported from France and Germany, embassies of the two countries issued a joint statement calling on Albanian to cease bogus asylum claims

TIRANA, March 30 – Last week France and Germany issued a joint statement through their embassies in Tirana, telling Albanians that the refugee status will not be granted to Albanian asylum seekers whose true reasons for leaving Albanian are economic.

There have been calls in Germany that Albania should be listed as a safe country, which means that Albanians cannot earn asylum even if they ask for it. France has already made that move.

“The asylum application procedure should not be misused, since it is strictly reserved only to true political refugees. The current liberalization allows visits to our countries or requests for visa to carry out studies or to work on a regular basis. We cannot accept any bypass of these procedures, because it is at the expense of the vast majority of Albanian citizens who respect these rules,” the statement said.

This would damage the interests of Albania in its significant efforts to be integrated in the European Union.

“In addition, the repatriation of Albanian citizens could lead to them being prohibited entry and stay in the Schengen area for several years,” said the joint statement.

A day earlier, 50 Albanian citizens were deported from France and Germany for not respecting the Schengen visa regime terms, which lets them stay 90 out of 180 days in one of their countries.

Albania earned the visa free regime in 2010.

Countries in northern Europe have complained that many Albanians go there and ask for asylum only presenting economic issues. But very often they secure false documents to show as if they are in a blood feud or persecuted by the government.

The EU member countries have passed a law last year which lets them decide individually to reinstate the visa regime for separate countries if they fear threatened from their asylum seekers. Albania ranks below Serbia and Macedonia in the number of asylum seekers.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 6, 2015 10:20