For long, Albania has tried to become a part of the European Union but now is their best chance. Only recently, the European country handed over its immigration security to the European Union police, so that there is better control of illegal immigrants entering the country. Even though Albania isn’t a direct route for African and Middle Eastern asylum seekers into Europe, many Albanian refugees are traveling to the richer north for a better life. Becoming a part of the European Union will give them a new identity, and they won’t be treated as mere refugees. According to the data collection of the past three years, Albanians make one of top five refugee groups entering the European Union countries. The major two pathways for entering European Union are through Greece and Turkey. The Turkey route is shut after an agreement was signed between the country and European Union in 2015. The Greece route is still open, and refugee prefer resting in Albania before heading to richer countries in the north including Italy, Germany, and France. Around a million refugees enter Europe every year using this route. Now that Albania has given the immigration security rights to the EU, the country has become a role model for other Western Balkan countries to follow suit and stop illegal immigration.
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