A recent Eurostat study - reworked by the Albanian media - found that from the 2002 about 330.000 Albanians living abroad have obtained the citizenship of a member state of the European Union.
Greece and Italy are the two countries that have issued the highest number of citizenships to Albanian emigrants. Starting from the 2002, in fact, around 150.000 Albanians have obtained Greek citizenship and about 148.000 have obtained the Italian one.
The data published by Eurostat - reworked by the Albanian Albanian business magazine Monitor - shows how in the 2017 about 448.000 Albanians lived in Italy (the second community of the country, after the Moroccan one), while the exact number of Albanian citizens living and working is not known. in Greece.
The other countries
The United Kingdom ranks third in this special ranking, with some 11.000 citizenships issued to Albanian emigrants from the 2002. Following Germany, with about 5.700 citizenships issued to Albanian emigrants.
However, as far as Germany is concerned, the data published by Eurostat show how the number of Albanian citizens in Germany has almost halved in the 2017, going from 74.000 to 49.000: most of them were asylum seekers who were denied residence in Germany, thus coming back to Albania.
In fifth place is France with 3400 citizenships issued to Albanian emigrants starting with 2002, although there are no official data from France on the number of Albanians currently living there. What is known is that lately there has been a boom in asylum applications by the Albanians for France.
They close behind it, Austria and Sweden, with about a thousand citizenships released to Albanian emigrants from the 2002. In total, there are about 1,6 million Albanians living outside national borders, according to data recently published by INSTAT and specifically concerning the diaspora.
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