Thursday, May 21, 2009

Albanian expatriates remitted home over 500 million drachmas

It is estimated that between 500,000 and 900,000 Albanians reside and work in Greece acccording to a posting by on 2.24.09 by a Sam Vaknin(3.13.08) who stated that

"In the late 1990s, Albanian expatriates remitted home well over 500 million drachmas annually."

During Greek Ambassador Alexandros Malios's lecture on Southeastern Europe a few months ago at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University to which my wife, Jane Christo, and I had been invited, Ambassador Malios stated - rather forcefully I thought - that "Albanians came to Greece with nothing - absolutely nothing - and now they own businesses and have invested in Greece!"

Thus, while Albanian workers in Greece send money back home, Albanian business owners in Greece are reciprocating by employing Greek workers!


At June 1, 2009 at 10:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice of the Greek Ambassador to recognize the good deeds of Albanians - I wonder if he knows what they have to go through to even be allowed to enter Greece (like name changes etc)


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