19,000, Italians looking for work in Albania

A call centre in Albania

More Italians are migrating to Albania to find work, according to the Albanian government. And Italian small and medium-sized companies aren’t alone in looking for a fresh start across the Adriatic – graduates and youths without a degree are also migrating.

Albanian Welfare and Youth Minister Erion Veliaj, who travelled to Rome two weeks ago, said 19,000 Italians are regularly employed in the country in a number of sectors.

Italians own restaurants and work in call centers, fashion, service and telecommunications as well as in energy and infrastructures.

People are now migrating ”in the opposite direction, which shows that the wind is changing and represents a positive sign for European integration”, the minister, who travelled to Italy for a round of meetings including talks with Labour Minister Giuliano Poletti and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, told ANSA.

Albania now represents a ”small America” across the Adriatic, the welfare minister noted, where many Albanians who left choose to return and where EU citizens choose to move to find work.

Though the immigration trend has reversed over the past few years, the Albanian community in Italy remains significant with some 100,000 Albanians in schools, 12,000 university students and 38,000 self-employed workers – overall 500,000 people.

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