TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's government, responding to its growing expatriate population, says it plans to allow the children of Albanians living abroad to seek citizenship.
But it is stressing the measure — coming into force Aug. 1 — will not be extended to ethnic Albanians living in Kosovo. Albania was once one of the world's most isolated countries, and thousands fled the communist regime. Later, a large section of its population moved abroad to find work, starting in the early 1990s after the collapse of Communist regimes across eastern Europe.
Fearing the new policy could stoke Balkan distrust over the status of Albanian ethnic minorities in other countries in the region, outgoing Prime Minister Sali Berisha said the new regulations are not aimed at expanding the country's borders.