Emigration continues to remain one of the most worrisome scourges for Albanian society, above all because the Country of Eagles is witnessing a real 'brain drain'.
That is all those thousands of young people who have finished their studies in Albania and who choose to leave their homeland for a better future.
Abandonment of minors
Meanwhile, in recent years, a new trend has been noticed: parents, in practice, 'abandon' their minor children in one of the Western European states, mainly Italy and Germany, with the hope that the authorities will help them run away from the poverty of our country.
According to a documentary made by journalist Antonio Cakshiri - published by the Albanian national broadcaster RTSH - there are about 1600 Albanian children and adolescents (included among the 12 and 16 years) who have left Albania in the last three years to move to Italy.
The parents, therefore, first go to these countries with their minor children and then return home leaving them in the hands of an uncertain destiny.
Italian legislation, in fact, obliges social services to take care of children and youngsters of any nationality by offering them a place in the community, food and education until they come of age.
Once the 18 years are completed, these children often end up in the street, alone and with the risk of ending up in some human trafficking or ending up in the hands of some criminal gang. However, not everyone opts for this possibility: a small part returns to Albania, to end the path of study left open.
This new phenomenon has alarmed both the Albanian and Italian authorities, who have taken measures to strengthen border controls, while the Albanian prosecutor has started investigating the relatives of the minors in question, who risk up to three years in prison.
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