According to the Albanian Ministry of Finance, since the Greek crisis began 70,000 Albanians have returned home. That’s about 15 percent of those who’ve been working there.
Even illegal immigrants are returning nowadays to Albania in the same way how they initially entered Greece, using illegal cross-border crossings.
“The returning immigrants have pumped at least 2 million euros into our economy,” former Deputy Finance Minister Florjon Mima reckons. For Albania, which for several years has been experiencing a level of economic prosperity never known here before, this is an additional stimulus for growth. “We still have high unemployment,” Mima adds. “But the returning emigrants are bringing in new ideas, new energy, and new strength. Their return is invaluable.”
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