Most of them have been unemployed for years; they used to work as builders or technicians. Now, they choose to pass the boarders and work in order to earn from 7 to 20 Euros per day. However, there are also better choices, for example the waiters whose payment is 40 Euros per day in the regions of Vlore and Durres, where, during the last summer, tourism is the “emerging industry” for the neighboring country.
The President of the Association of Albanian “Illiria” confirmed, in his interview for the magazine Tahidromos, the “wave of immigration” to the neighboring country during the summer months. He also said that many Albanians are returning home but not permanently; many just want to temporarily go back until Greece exits the crisis and things are better.
A resident of Nea Ionia, was unemployed for three years and last May he went abroad to search for work. Then, his friend who owns s tavern in Albania told him to go to Albania. Without second thoughts, he provided the required papers and went to Albania in September. There, he worked as a waiter and earned 35 Euros per day without paying for his accommodation. According to his family, his environment was really good because the culture of Albanians has a lot in common with the Greek culture.