Tag: asylum seekers

Albania is Emptying at an Alarming Rate

Since the summer of 2015, the number of Albanians requesting asylum in Western Europe has risen dramatically. Although the number of asylum requests dropped during 2016, the number of people migrating illegally has continued to grow. Balkanist spoke with several Albanians in different countries and asked them why they chose…

Immigrants prepare to protest in Athens (Photo credit: Konstantinos Koukopoulos/flickr)

The Plight of Greece’s Asylum Seekers

Each year thousands of Afghani refugees travel from Kabul to Athens without a passport. They hike across the Dashti Margo desert until they reach Zahendan in Iran. Following a 22-hour bus to Tehran, they make an 18-hour journey to Urmia in northeast Kurdistan. They skirt the Turkish border patrols by…