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Selective Migration Flows from Albania to Italy

IOM Tirana and IOM Rome, in cooperation with the Ministries of Labour in Albania and Italy and the Italian Embassy in Tirana, have implemented a pilot project to provide coordination and operational assistance for the selective migration of 6000 qualified workers from Albania to Italy. A central purpose of the programme was to promote a system of orderly and legal labour migration to fill needs for qualified workers in Italy, and, in the process, counteract the networks that promote illegal labour migration. Project activities included: the development of a database of qualified Albanian workers and potential employers in Italy; transportation and accommodation assistance for Albanian workers placed in Italy; and the creation of a working group on labour migration that explored further initiatives to combat the causes and consequences of illegal labour migration from Albania to Italy.