In the city of Osijek, in Croatia, and in its surroundings there are several primary schools in Albanian.
These are the educational centers in which the cultural and national identity of the children of the numerous Albanian citizens living and working there are preserved and to which the first high school in Albanian language will be added very soon.
Ad Osijek , in fact, the second high school of this type will be inaugurated - as reported by the Albanian media - after the high school in the Albanian language of the city of Zara.
"It is wonderful news for the thousands of Albanian citizens living in Osijek and the entire Baranja district."- said Mendu Imeri, the Albanian language teacher in the district.
Albanians in Croatia
The Albanian community is one of the communities - also known as the community of the Arbanasi - more respected and officially integrated in Croatia. Respect that is the result of the sacrifice made by the Albanians in the war for the defense of Croatia from the aggression of the Yugoslav and Serbian army in the early 90 years of the last century.
One of the many Albanians who joined the Croatian war against the Serbian aggression was General Esat Collaku, superior of the Croatian army and general of the UCK (Kosovo Liberation Army), who currently holds the role of president of the union of Albanians from Croatia.
More than 30.000 are Albanian citizens who, according to official data, live in Croatia, although the real figure should amount to 40.000 as thousands of Albanians are either Bosnians or Croatian citizens themselves. The first migrations began towards Croatia, they began in the XVIII century when some families fled from Albania 'ottomanizzata' towards Zara (and not only), to escape the barbarian domination and finding refuge and protection in the Republic of Venice.
The Albanians in Croatia are also politically represented in the two levels of local government but also in the national parliament, through the deputy Ermina Lekaj-Pernaskaj.