The recent Greek economic crisis hit the population of Albanian migrants in Greece particularly hard, spurring a wave of return migration which increased the Albanian labor force by 5% only between 2011 and 2014.
Following this summer’s first Global Albanians Newsletter, efforts have continued to build a more inclusive diaspora network — one with the capability to coordinate diaspora actions to realize its potential to contribute to sustainable development in Albania. Read more...
Albania has a two-headed eagle on its flag to symbolize a country that looks both towards the West and the East. However, since the end of the Second World War, Albania has been curled up and unable to open up to a dynamic Europe. During the Cold War it was the most reclusive country in Europe, finding an ally only in the distant People’s Republic of China, and even after the fall of communism, Albania remained an anomaly among its Balkan neighbors who were painfully taking back their place at the heart of Europe. Why would a country just off the coast of Italy and mere hours from Western European capital have so much trouble attracting foreign investors?
The Albanian Diaspora Program at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University was created to identify better ways to engage, enable, and empower Albanians living outside the borders of their home countries.
With this new newsletter series, we continuously want to inform you about current developments in the Diaspora Program and other Albanian diaspora initiatives. We start our newsletter series with an issue designed to inform you about the current work being done in this program.
IF YOUR surname is McNamara and you live outside Ireland, expect a letter. Ireland Reaching Out, a non-profit organisation financed largely by the Irish government, has pioneered what it calls “reverse genealogy”. Rather than waiting for people to trace their Irish ancestry, it constructs family trees from root to branch, tracking down the descendants of those who left for America, Australia and other countries. Read more about Gone but not forgotten
CAMBRIDGE – Many countries have substantial diasporas, but not many are proud of it. After all, people tend not to leave a country when it is doing well, so the diaspora is often a reminder of a country’s darker moments. Read more about The Diaspora Goldmine