The International Organization for Migration and INSTAT presented the first research report on return migration and reintegration in Albania in a launching ceremony held at Tirana International Hotel on 7 October 2014. The launching event was attended by a number of high representatives of the Government of Albania, United Nation Agencies, diplomatic missions accredited in Albania, civil society and academia.
In his speech the INSTAT Director Mr. Filipi stated “the study represents a very good starting point for identifying the range of problematic, advantages and disadvantages of the return process of Albanian migrants. We hope that the study will serve as a useful tool to further policy advancement for reintegration of returnees”
The report reveals that a total of 133.544 Albanian migrants of the age group 18 years old and above have returned to Albania in the period 2009-2013, of whom 98.414 were males and 35.130 females.The majority of emigrants (60.3 per cent) have returned to their common place of residence before migration. However, return migration is associated with the internal migration of the population, too. The study also examined the tendency of returnees to remain in the country of origin or to re-migrate. It found out that finances are a key indicator influencing the decision making process of the migrant. The existence of services is also an important factor influencing the decision whether to remain in Albania or re-migrate. The survey found that very few returnees received assistance upon return to Albania, and when they did so, they relied mostly on private service providers.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun addressed the participants on behalf of the International Organization for Migration and highlighted that “the study addresses exactly the need for better evidence on the subject of return migration in Albania which can further guide the provision of services in support of the reintegration of returnees by helping the National Employment Service and the Migration Counters in Albania”.