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Over 1.4 million Albanians live and work overseas, leaving only 2.8 million in the Balkan country. Many are in the regions of Italy which have been hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, including Edita Fino, who is the focal point for an IOM disapora programme.

Based in the Emilia Romagna Region, her task in quieter times is to build and strengthen relations with the diaspora community and relevant associations in Italy, engage and follow up with Albanian Diaspora members, provide information, and promote Albania in Italy as potential investment destination.

Screenshot from the IOM fundraising training for Albanian Diaspora

IOM Albania has moved its new diaspora fundraising programme online, as the Coronavirus pandemic makes face-to-face training impossible.

With a platform provided by the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA), IOM is working with public officials who work to engage the diaspora.

“Our programme mainly targets the Albanian diaspora in Italy, one of the counties worst affected by COVID-19”, says Manoela Lussi, IOM Albania Diaspora Programme Manager. We did not want to abandon the work we have started so we have adapted it to go online.”