Albania is a country with a somewhat weak economy and few employment opportunities. Whilst it enjoys relative safety from extreme conflict, it is typically viewed by refugees as a springboard to the European mainland where they stand a better chance of finding meaningful employment and settling into a country with more political stability.
Despite this, thousands of refugees still apply for asylum in Albania, many of whom come from Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Algeria. Unfortunately, refugees do not receive adequate support from the Albanian government, with reports of too little food provisions forcing vulnerable refugees to beg on the streets for handouts from strangers.
What’s more, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the National Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers closed its doors to new refugees, leaving many to fend for themselves on the streets with no assistance. UKIM were there for refugees who were left out in the cold during the height of the pandemic, and we continue to provide assistance to those who need it.
Using your kind donations, we are able to hand out essential food resources, warm blankets, and provide vital aid to refugees who are unable to access such basic provisions. As conflict in the Middle East intensifies, it’s likely more refugees will make their way to Albania, be it on a permanent or transitional basis.