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New research studies effects of return migration

January 25, 2017

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.

We study how this return migration affected the employment chances and earnings of Albanians who never migrated. We find positive effects on the wages of low-skilled non-migrants and overall Read more about New research studies effects of return migration

New study on the challenges to developing nostalgic trade among the Albanians living in the U.S.

December 11, 2015

The U.S. is home to more than 200,000 ethnic Albanians, about half of whom are emigrants from the Republic of Albania. Despite the significant Albanian population in the U.S., official trade of Albanian goods in the U.S. almost does not exist.

We surveyed about 200 Albanian-Americans and several stores offering goods imported from the Balkan region of Europe in three U.S. metropolitan areas with large Albanian population in order to study their purchasing habits. We found that the willingness to purchase products from the region of origin is certainly not matched by an adequate Read more about New study on the challenges to developing nostalgic trade among the Albanians living in the U.S.

Global Albanians - Sept. 2015 Issue

September 22, 2015

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...

Establishing the Global Albanians Foundation Supporting Albanian Not-for-Profit Organizations

Establishing the Global Albanians Foundation Supporting Albanian Not-for-Profit Organizations

August 11, 2015

The Massachusetts Albanian American Society (MAASBESA) and the Albanian American Women’s Organization – Motrat Qiriazi (AAWO) are proud to announce their partnership to develop the Global Albanians Foundation (GAF) financed by Albanians living abroad and others who wish to support not-for-profit organizations in Albania, Kosova, Macedonia, and Montenegro.

Why: The not for profit sector receives less and less support from the international donor community as the countries in Southeastern Europe develop. However, there is still a great need for financial and professional support in Read more about Establishing the Global Albanians Foundation Supporting Albanian Not-for-Profit Organizations

The Unknown of the Balkans: Albania and Foreign Investment

July 16, 2015

Author: Emmanual Steg

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?

Beyond Remittances: Engaging the Albanian Diaspora in Development

July 10, 2015

Since 2001, a growing number of developing countries have established ministries, government departments or other official institutions dedicated to their diasporas. Albania, which has a Diaspora Unit within its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is among this group. This shift worldwide is consistent with the recognition that diasporas can contribute greatly to both economic and social development in their countries of origin. In a recent article, Read more about Beyond Remittances: Engaging the Albanian Diaspora in Development

Global Albanians Newsletter

Global Albanians Newsletter

July 1, 2015

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.

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

June 27, 2015

The Economist

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

The Diaspora Goldmine

The Diaspora Goldmine

June 25, 2015

Ricardo Hausmann - Project Syndicate

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.

El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Cuba, to cite three examples, had more than 10% of their native population living abroad in 2010. And this figure Read more about The Diaspora Goldmine