In the last ten years there has been a significant increase in the number of migrants entering the country in Albania: in 2009 their number was only 29 while in 2019 it was even 11.886, a value 409 times higher.
Looking at the data of the Ministry of the Interior, we can see an exponential growth in refugees who have illegally entered Albania in the past three years. From 1049 in 2017, in fact, it went to 6790 in 2018 and then reached 11.886 last year.
Most of the refugees who entered Albanian territory come from Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Together with them, the number of asylum seekers in Albania has also increased (from 2015 to 2019 by about 64 times), a fact that testifies that the Country of the Eagles is no longer considered only as a transit country to Western Europe.
Given this situation and the obligations imposed by the European Union, the Albanian government deposited a bill a few days ago in parliament concerning its asylum applications. The bill grants the right to every foreigner to apply for asylum in Albania for fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, belonging to a specific social group or political opinion.
Albania, a route for emigrants
Albania has recently returned to being - after the strengthening of Serbia's borders - a transit country for immigrants traveling from Greece and Bulgaria to Western European countries.
For this reason, in fact, as early as last summer about 45 agents had arrived in our country Frontex - the European Border and Coast Guard Agency - which had spread out at various points along the border stretches (such as Kapshticë and Kakavijë).
A trend that FRONTEX wants to extend in all Western Balkans: according to the German Interior Ministry, in fact, the agreements with Serbia, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are "in the final phase of the negotiations".
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