Tirana, March 2014. Throughout the crisis that heavily affected its main EU trading partners and spilled over through trade,remittances and investment links, Albania has managed to avoid recession though economic growth has slowed.
Gjader (north of Albania), March 2014. Gasper Ejelli with his son. Gasper came back home after losing his job in Italy.
Tirana, March 2014. In Tirana new neighborhoods were built to meet current needs of the market.
Tirana, March 2014. Two friends sitting in a pub on the top floor of a new skyscraper in Tirana. Endry (girl illuminated by a flash) comes back to Albania after she lived abroad for 11 years.
Tirana, March 2014. Home interior. A study by the National Institute of Statistics, INSTAT, and the International Organization for Migration, IOM, says many of the returned migrants see return to Albania in only temporary terms. Only 40 per cent of the returnees see their future in Albania.
Tirana, Albania. 2014. The letters were the best way to describe the new life away from home and now it is an important keepsake.
North of Albania, March 2014. Agim Dini has opened his farm with the help of a financial project (Oxfam Italia onlus) for migrants that came back to Albania.
North of Albania, March 2014. Some people come back in northern Albania for to work their land.
North of Albania, March 2014. Inside a house. The family memories are important in Albanian culture.
Shkodra, March 2014 It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural centre.
south of Albania, March 2014. Some villages are still uninhabited.
Tirana, March 2014. Ilir is the owner of a pub in Tirana. He worked as waiter in Italy for about ten years.
Shkodra, March 2014. Catholic church. Albania is a Muslim country. In Albania there is full integration with other religions.
Tirana, March 2014. Elda in her house. She has studied abroad to find a good job, despite her efforts she didn’t find anything so she came back to Albania.
North of Albania, March 2014. The smoke of burnt waste over the camp.
Vlora, March 2014. Vlora is the main access route into Europe for migrants Albanians.
Tirana, March 2014. Kledia studied abroad, but decided to find a job in Albania because the employment crisis in Europe is very strong.
Tirana, March 2014. View of Tirana from the window. The census data revealed that the albanians returned tend to be relatively young, and of working age.
Kavaje, March 2014. Hanging clothes to dry.
North of Albania, March 2014. He worked for about ten years in Greece. Many men worked in construction, which has ground to a halt in Greece.
Kavaje, March 2014. Bar of Festim Demiri. He came back home with his family after losing his job in Italy and he opened a bar.
South of Albania, March 2014. Island of Curfù. Many Albanians in Greece are transferring savings to banks at home, fearful of what might happen if Greece leaves the euro. Some Greek and Italian companies have also begun to set up firms in Albania run by trusted Albanians who worked for them.
North of albania, March 2014. Service station.
Tirana, March 2014. Local strip tease. The owners decided to close the club in Italy and they decided to open it in Tirana.
Tirana, March 2014. The new district.
Gjirokaster, March 2014. Ardit comes back from abroad and he has opened a barbershop in the south of Albania.(near Greece).
Tirana, March 2014. New district. Attracting foreign direct investments is crucial for the balance of Albania’s economy and also for boosting productivity and diversifying Albania’s rather narrow production.
Tirana, March 2014. Statue of a ex – communist leader.
Tirana, March 2014. According to a survey carried out by Usadis, paid for by the United States Department of State and the Albanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, about 200,000 people in the past five years have left Greece to return to Albania.