Although Albania has not yet found an agreement with Italy for the recognition of the contributions of Albanian emigrants (who for years have worked in the beautiful country and then returned home), some of these have begun to be able to enjoy Italian pensions.
Bashkim comes from Kavaja, worked for 13 years in Italy and returned from 2013 in Albania; every month, in his bank, his Italian pension arrives.
"I perceive 327 euros every month from Italy. I worked for 40 years in Albania and retirement I take around 128 euros per month. "- said Bashkim.
Even his countryman of the same name, Bashkim Fuga, worked for years in Italy: he had lost hope for those years of contributions to Italy, since he was told that he would not receive any pension until the two countries reached an agreement . However, today, he too every month can enjoy his Italian pension of around 336 euro per month.
All this was possible thanks to the patronage 'Inas Cisl Albania' - whose office is located in Tirana in Rruga Andon Zako Çajupi 20 - where Albanian citizens returned to their homeland can go for their Italian contributions.
In fact, through a specific law, the patronage helps Albanian citizens who went to Italy after the 1996 to receive the contributions paid to the beautiful country. To request them, besides going to Italy after the 96, you must have at least 5 years of work and have at least 67 years. Last year alone, more than 100 Albanian citizens were able to take advantage of their Italian pensions.
Criteria for the Italian pension
Two cases must be distinguished, depending on whether the pension is calculated with the contributory or salary system.
In the first case - of which Inas Cisl Albania deals - non-EU workers hired after the 1 ° January 1996, can receive, in case of repatriation, the old-age pension (calculated with the contributory system) at the completion of the 66 ° year of age and even if the requisites have not matured (therefore, even if they have less than 20 years of contribution).
In the second case, non-EU workers hired before the 1996 can receive, in the event of repatriation, the old-age pension (calculated with the pay or mixed system) only at the completion of the 66 ° year of age for both men and women and with 20 contribution years.
In practice, according to Italian law, for returnees who have worked in Italy before the 1996 is worth the minimum pension as if they were still living in the beautiful country.
Instead, it is interesting to note that returnees hired after the 1 January of the 1996 will be able to receive a pension even if they have not reached the 20 years of required contributions. Obviously this is not a gift from the Italian system: the returnees of the first case, in fact, will only receive what they have contributed (for more information see this link).
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