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Albanian migration and development: state-of-the-Art review
reportposted on 2023-06-07, 17:22 authored by Julie Vullnetari
This paper documents Albanian migration1 and its contribution to development through a review of the existing literature. The account is by no means exhaustive, particularly since the data for the pre-1945 period are limited. However, the purpose of the review is not only to analyse and explain various elements of the migrations, but also to highlight the importance of their historical (dis)continuities. This paper, being an original account, aspires to be a 'state of the art' on Albanian migrations, in the sense that it presents the most complete review of Albanian migration available to date, including substantial reference to Albanian-language sources. In addition, both international and internal migration are analysed together; previous accounts have described them as separate phenomena. The links between these two migrations have become more the rule than the exception in the Albanian context and their analysis needs therefore an integrated approach. Finally, the analysis is enriched by the author's own direct knowledge and experience of the phenomena under study; she 'lived through' and had her own experience of Albanian emigration throughout the post-1990 years, and hence is able to nuance her analysis with this 'insider' knowledge.
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