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U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2004 - Albania

Publisher United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Publication Date 25 May 2004
Cite as United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2004 - Albania , 25 May 2004, available at: [accessed 25 October 2016]
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An estimated 8,200 Albanian were refugees abroad with 5,500 new asylum seekers in 2003. Albania has a functioning asylum system and hosted approximately 120 refugees and asylum seekers.

New domestic laws in the past few years have provided a variety of rights to asylum seekers and a regular referral mechanism of potential asylum seekers from border authorities to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for initial screening. The Albanian refugee agency makes final refugee status determinations, with appeal available. Of 17 decisions made last year, 13 cases were rejected, and in 4 cases, people were granted refugee or temporary humanitarian status. The government still lacks a process for issuing residence permits to those granted asylum.

The Albanian government tried to crack down on smugglers in return for an agreement from Italy for work permits for some migrants. In January 2004, a small boat with Albanians swamped off the coast of Italy and more than 20 died.

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