Recent arrivals

Nelson and Admir Limllari
Nelson and Admir Limllari from Pojan, Albania, who were granted Australian citizenship by descent. They now run their own painting and decorating business in Melbourne, 2002.
Source: Merushe Asim

By the 1990s, Albanian community networks were sufficiently established to assist the approximately 4,000 Kosovar refugees during their evacuation to Australia in 1999. Around 500 people were able to settle in Australia permanently, with Albanian cultural, sporting and religious associations providing primary assistance with resettlement, predominantly in areas where Albanians reside.

The end of communism in Albania in the 1990s has enabled families separated for almost half a century to reunite. Sponsored migration programs in rural areas, such as one established in the Goulburn Valley in the 1990s, assisted the reunions of small numbers of Albanians with their families and close relatives.

Albanians – usually adult children or descendants of Australian-Albanian citizens – stranded in Albania after World War II have been able to claim and be granted Australian ‘citizenship by descent’ and return to Australia. Small numbers of Albanians have also been allowed to migrate under Australia’s skilled migration, refugee and humanitarian programs.

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