The latest report of the International Organization for Migration suggests that in 2018, the number of refugees entering Albania was 1698 or 5 times higher than the same period a year ago. These figures clearly show that Albania has turned into a new route for refugees coming from the Middle East.
50% of refugees coming into Albania are from Syria, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq. Although this is a significant increase in the number of refugees, figures in neighbouring countries are much higher; 3400 in Montenegro and 16 thousand in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
But, the fact that the number of refugees entering Montenegro is two times higher than the number of refugees entering Albania may be related to the fact that Montenegro is “supplied” by Albania, which means that many refugees who go through Albania are not identified by the country’s authorities.