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Foreigners in Albania: how many they are and where they live ?

On 1 January 2019, there are 14162 foreign citizens residing in Albania, which belong to the following categories: regular economic immigrants, students, asylum seekers; naturalized foreigners, immigrants for other reasons. Furthermore, in the period 2015-2019, 1.300 citizens have submitted applications to the Ministry of Interior to obtain Albanian citizenshipTirana has the largest number of foreigners working, followed by the districts of Durres e Fier.
Foreigners work mainly as employees and a small part as self-employed and/or as investors. Foreign citizens have entered the domestic job market in those sectors where employers are unable to find the workforce in the country. The main sectors are information and communication technologies, the mining industry, the retail or wholesale trade, construction activities, and other services.
The countries of origin of foreign workers are non-EU states such as China, Canada, and northern Macedonia, but also EU member states such as Italy, Greece, and France. Some come from Kosovo and the United States of America.

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