Albania Emigration and Immigration

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Finding the Town of Origin in Albania[edit | edit source]

If you are using emigration/immigration records to find the name of your ancestors' town in Albania, see Albania Finding Town of Origin for additional research strategies.

Albania Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

"Emigration" means moving out of a country. "Immigration" means moving into a country.
Emigration and immigration sources list the names of people leaving (emigrating) or arriving (immigrating) in the country. These sources may be passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, or records of passports issued. The information in these records may include the emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, destinations, and places of origin or birthplaces. Sometimes they also show family groups.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • Between the 18th and 19th centuries, cultural developments, widely attributed to Albanians having gathered both spiritual and intellectual strength, conclusively led to the Albanian Renaissance.
  • After the defeat of the Ottomans in the Balkan Wars, the modern nation state of Albania declared independence in 1912.
  • The People's Socialist Republic of Albania was formed after World War II. The Revolutions of 1991 concluded the fall of communism in Albania and eventually the establishment of the current Republic of Albania.[1]

Emigration From Albania[edit | edit source]

  • Albanian diaspora: 2.8 million live in Albania, with an estimated 8.5 million world total (the largest populations being in Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United States, Canada and Australia).
  • The largest concentration of Albanians outside the country is in neighboring Kosovo.
  • Other Albanian enclaves are in southern Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and coastal Croatia.
  • Another population of ethnic Albanians, known as the Arbereshe, has lived in southern Italy, especially in regions of Abruzzo, Calabria, Campania, Naples, Apulia and Sicily for over eight centuries.
  • In the 19th and 20th centuries, repeated large waves of Albanian emigration took place as Albanians moved to northern and Western Europe (i.e. France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.), the former Soviet Union, the U.S., and with smaller numbers in Mexico and South America), Australia and across Asia (the former Ottoman Empire in the Middle East).[2]

Records of Emigrants in Their Destination Nations[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png One option is to look for records about the ancestor in the country of destination, the country they immigrated into. See links to Wiki articles about immigration records for major destination countries below. Additional Wiki articles for other destinations can be found at Category:Emigration and Immigration Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Albania", in Wikipedia,, accessed 27 July 2021.
  2. "List of diasporas", in Wikipedia,, accessed 27 July 2021.