TIRANA, August 23
In 2018, there were more than 14.000 foreigners who have chosen to live and work in Albania. According to the official data, published on Thursday, 22 August 2019 by the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), titled ‘Foreigners and asylum seekers in Albania‘ regarding last year, 14.162 foreigners had the authorization to stay and work in Albania, registering an increase of 9.7% compared to 2017. The foreign residents in Albania, in 2018 made up 0.5% of the total population.
Males are more in numbers, but women are younger in age comparison
Male foreign residents, were more in numbers than females, 65% of total foreign residents living in Albania, whereas females are relatively younger than men.
58% of foreign residents living in Albania are from Europe
The foreign citizens who have permit stay in Albania come mostly from Europe, in 2018 they made up 58% of all foreign residents living in Albania. European citizens wanting to live and work in Albania, increased by 7.5% compared to 2017, whereas those from Asia, increased by 11.2%. Also, the foreigners from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania were up by 16.8% compared to the previous year.
The main reason for requiring an Albanian residence permit is for employment
The main reasons for requiring a residence permit in Albania were for employment (49.1%), followed by family reunion (23.3%), and humanitarian (18.1%). Applications for residence permit in Albania were in total 9090 in 2018, and the majority of applications came from these countries: Iran, followed by Italy and Kosovo, which make up 63.8% of total applications. Applications from Iranians were up by 13% compared to the previous year, whereas those from Italians decreased by 4%.
Illegal foreigners were 6 times higher than in 2017
In 2018, there were identified 6893 illegal foreigners living in Albania, where the biggest percentage held the Syrian citizens (44.8%), followed by Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, and other countries. The number of illegal foreigners living in Albania was 6 times higher than in 2017, referred to as data by INSTAT.
49% of asylum seekers were of Syrian origin
Even the number of asylum seekers in Albania was higher in 2018. Referred to data by the Asylum and Citizenship Directorate, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, last year requested asylum in Albania 4386 individuals, compared to only 309 in 2017. 49% of these applications were by people of Syrian origin.
Foreigners who gained Albanian citizenship were up by 9.2%
In 2018, 345 new foreigners got the Albanian citizenship, increasing by 9.2% compared to 2017. Whereas, those who gave up the Albanian citizenship in 2018, were 640 foreigners, decreasing by 1.7% compared to 2017.