Over 1500 Italians residing and working in Albania, according to AIRE

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 2, 2020 23:34

Over 1500 Italians residing and working in Albania, according to AIRE

TIRANA, Jan. 2 - The recent report published by the Registry of Italians Residing Abroad (AIRE) revealed that around 1680 Italian citizens were living and working in Albania during 2019. About 76.1 percent of Italians living in Albania during 2019 qualified as immigrants, while 11.5 percent were Italians born in Albania, according to AIRE's grouping based on 'reason of registration'. Additionally, Italian residents who had obtained an Albanian citizenship comprised 5.3 percent of the total or 89 individuals. Out of the total registered residents, 674 were women and 1,006 were males.

As for the grouping based on the timespan of registration, 16.8 percent of Italians living in Albania during 2019 had been registered for less than a year in the country (282 Italians), 26.5 percent of them (445 residents) had been registered for a period ranging from one to three years. About 21.8 percent, or 366 Italians, had been registered for a period of three to five years and the other 406 had been registered since 5 to 10 years. However, numbers also showed that as of 2019, some Italian residents had been living for over a decade in Albania. According to the report, about 180 Italians, or nearly 11 percent of the total have been living in Albania for more than a decade. 

 

Misuse of data by government

 

In 2014, Tirana City mayor Erion Veliaj stated that 19 thousand Italians were living and working in Albania at the time. However, AIRE's data did not reflect Veliaj's statement, as the real numbers showed that less than 1,500 Italians were registered as residents in Albania. Simultaneously during that time 'Corriera Della Sera', an italian newspaper, published an article about the lives of Italians in Albania which again made Veliaj's statement incompatible with the real data . This led to claims that the government spread false data, leaving out around 17 thousand illegal Italians in Albania. Almost six years later, the real number still hasn't reached 19 thousand, casting doubt on the actual number of illegal residents.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 2, 2020 23:34