In the first quarter of this year the remittances of Albanian emigrants amounted to around 150 million according to data from the Central Bank of Albania, a value almost identical to that of the first quarter of the 2018.
An upward trend
From the 2014, when the lowest value was reached in terms of remittances, there was a gradual upward trend in the remittances of Albanian emigrants, following the new emigration flow that characterized the last few years.
The emigrants' remittances, in fact, had suffered an abrupt halt at the turn of 2011 and 2014, given that the great emigration flow of the 90 years after 10-15 years had been established abroad and had gradually removed economic relations with the Albania.
Last year, with a total of 670 million, the peak of this upward trend in remittances and the highest absolute growth of the last six years (about 34 million) has been reached.
Also Eurostat data confirm that the growth of remittances coincides with the re-emergence of asylum requests in the EU countries by the Albanian citizens: from the 11.000 requests of the 2013, the 69.000 peak was passed in the 2016 and then down again the following years until last year's 19.000.
Eurostat: Albania has the highest number of asylum seekers
Despite the fact that they live in a country that has begun its own path of joining the European Union and that has no internal conflicts or wars, the Albanians want to emigrate more than in all the other countries of the world as evidenced by Eurostat data.
According to data published by the European Institute of Statistics on the number of asylum requests of the last year and analyzed by the Albanian Albanian business magazine Monitor, for each 1000 Albanian inhabitants, 6,5 have sent an asylum request for the European Union.
Behind Albania there is Syria - with 4,7 and where the citizens escape from the war - and Georgia with 3,9. Follow Eritrea with 3,6, Iran with 1,2 and Palestine with 1,1. In the first thirty positions there are mainly countries at war or countries in strong economic crisis, such as Venezuela and Turkey.
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