According to the latest publication of the Albanian Institute of Statistics - Instat (2017 data), foreign citizens with residence permits in Albania amount to 12.906, a value that has seen an increase in 3,1% compared to 2016.
Of the 12.906 foreign citizens, the 59,2% is European in decline compared to the 66,5% of last year. On the other hand, foreign citizens in Albania who do not have a residence permit are 1049 - up 14,6% - of which most come from countries like Syria, Algeria and Libya. The majority of asylum requests in Albania in 2017 (309 requests) are linked to these countries, increasing by 12,5% compared to 2016.
Foreigners in Albania
The number of foreigners with residence permits in Albania, in 2017, made up the 0,4% of the entire population of the country respectively divided into male 8395 and female 4511.
While the applications for residence permits in 2017 amounted to 9027: this particular ranking is led by Iran, with 1963 requests for residence permits, followed by Italy (1779), Kosovo (978), Turkey (863), Greece (295), United States (280), China (259), Syria (229), Macedonia (167) and United Kingdom (152).
As already mentioned, foreign citizens mostly come from Europe (7637), followed by those from Asia (3618) and the rest (Africa-Oceania-America) with 1651.
In the 2017, the main residence permit requests arrived for work reasons (49,1%), followed by those for family reunification (23,1%), those for humanitarian purposes (18,4%), those for study reasons (5,1%) and those for other reasons (4,3%).
Also in the 2017, 316 people have acquired Albanian citizenship, thus registering an increase in 12,5% compared to the 2016. On the other hand, however, 651 people have 'abandoned' Albanian citizenship, registering an increase of 32,9% compared to 2016.
Asylum requests in Albania
Asylum seekers in Albania were 309 in 2017, up 28,8% compared to 2016. The main countries that request asylum in the country of the eagles are Syria (with 111 requested), Algeria (with 61 requested) and Afghanistan (with 29 requested).
The people who illegally entered Albania in the 2017 were 1049, recording an increase in 14,6% here compared to the 2016. All these people mainly come from countries like Algeria, Libya and Syria.
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