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Albania’s Discerning Youth


Since the death of Enver Hoxa in 1986, Albania has been portrayed as country down on its luck with a citizenry desperately eager to flee. But the image is flawed. Tirana is booming. The country is growing.  Most important, the nation's youth is increasingly inclined to succeed on its own soil.  Though EU visa restrictions will be liberalized this fall, few foresee a new Western exodus, largely because economic opportunity is better at home than abroad.

Since the death of Enver Hoxa in 1986, Albania has been portrayed as country down on its luck with a citizenry desperately eager to flee. But the image is flawed. Tirana is booming. The country is growing.  Most important, the nation’s youth is increasingly inclined to succeed on its own soil.  Though EU visa restrictions will be liberalized this fall, few foresee a new Western exodus, largely because economic opportunity is better at home than abroad.

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