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MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change.
The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

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BEYOND BORDERS: Analytical Research Report on Migration in Albania, 26 April, 2019.


Mary Ward Loreto Foundation launched the Research on Migration of Albanians and findings of this study report on Friday, 26 of April 2019. More than 100 participants attended the conference at Tirana International Hotel in Tirana, Albania.

The panelists of this conference were: Imelda Poole (IBVM), MWL President; Mr. Alfred Matoshi;  Ms. Sulltana Aliaj; Mr. Denis Mema; Dr. Arlind Qori; Prof. Dr. Zyhdi; and Dr. Ana Majko. Ms. Sulltana Aliaj presented the Literature of the research and Mr. Denis Mema presented the Methodology and findings of the research. Mr. Alfred Matoshi presented the Analyzed findings of the research, Dr. Arlind Qori, spoke about the links between Politics and Migration, Prof. Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi gave a asocial context of  Migration, and Dr. Ana Majko spoke about the current situation of Migration and trafficking in Albania.

This study was led by the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, under Mr. Alfred Matoshi coordination and co-author with Ms.  Sulltana Aliaj and Mr. Denis Mema.

An irreplaceable contribution to this study was given by academic staff from the Social Sciences Department at the University of Tirana specifically: Prof.Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi, Dr. Arlind Qori and Dr. Livia Nano. A special thanks to Dr. Edita Fiono and Ada Braho PhD Researcher.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers, individuals, and associates who worked with passion and dedication in the collection of data, interviewing, and organizing focus groups across Albania.

Migration is a phenomenon that has affected nearly all Albanians. Statistics show that most Albanians want to leave in order to have a better life outside of Albania. Given this fact, a study has been done to identify the factors that push Albanians to migrate. The study has as a sample 1,105 individuals with an equal gender distribution and a range of ages. The instruments used are the self-appointed questionnaire for migration and the World Health Organization questionnaire based on quality of life, the degree of hope, and life satisfaction. Focus groups and interviews were also used to analyze the phenomenon.

Mr. Denis Mema shared the analyzed findings of the research. The results show a large tendency of Albanians to leave the country as a result of socio-economic factors.

Currently, in Albania, frequency analysis shows that 83.86% of participants asked want to leave their county and 16.14% do not want to leave. Statistical analyses show that both women and men are equal in their desire to leave.

There are many factors that affect the great desire to emigrate. Around 84.9% (N=786) want to leave for social economic reasons, including unemployment, lack of basic services and poor standards of living. It results that 5% (N=47) wanted a higher level of education that is not available in Albania. In additional, 4.8% (N=45) wanted to leave for political reasons and 2.7% (N=25) want more specialized https://antibioticsall.com health service. Only 1.9% (n=18) have selected “other” and it results that the most prevalent reason for leaving was lack of security for their life.

Specifically, 78.5% do not feel secure in Albania. Asked about the reason, they reported that this is related to the high number of criminals that are not punished.

 An interviewee in Pogradec said: “I am agitated by the powerlessness to change this situation, it is absurd how some individuals are holding this country hostage”

This study aims to promote the recommendations for creating and modifying policies to prevent illegal migration, and to aid in the reintegration of returning migrants into society.

We would like to thank the President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, Sr. Imelda Poole MBE, (IBVM) for her trust, support and encouragement at all stages of this MWL led project.

During her speech at conference she said:

“Speaking about movement and mobility, change will come even in Albania, if we all work together against factors that affect Albanians to emigrate. 

 From my perspective of living in this country for 14 years, I am very conscious of the extreme poverty and the feelings of hopelessness prevalent amongst the people. There seems to be no connection between the need of the people and the services offered by the state.

 I hope that all those who have any power to make change will respond to this revealed truth and listen to the voice of the people who are voting now with their feet and moving away from their homeland. ”

 The conference is followed by national media that have also made chronicles on the study:



Please click belwo to download the study report Albanians and Migration.

The study report “Albanians and Migration” in Albanian Language

The study report “Albanians and Migration” in English Language.


Published Date: 2nd May 2019
Category: Last Media News, Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project





Mary Ward Loreto Foundation cordially invites you to participate in the launching of the Research on Migration of Albanians and the sharing of the results of this study.

Date: 26 April 2019;
Place: Tirana International Hotel, Balsha Room;
Time: 10:00 am. – 12:00 am.

During this conference we will share and discuss the causes and consequences of Albanian Migration. The results show a large tendency of Albanians to leave the country as a result of socio-economic factors. What makes this study unique is the use of comprehensive methodology and the first measurement of quality of life in Albania with the instrument of the World Health Organization.

This study aims to promote the recommendations for creating and modifying policies to prevent illegal migration, and to aid in the reintegration of returning migrants into society.

Your presence, shared thoughts and concrete findings regarding this issue are most welcome in the service of this great problem our country is facing.

Please confirm your participation at info@marywardloreto.net

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation

Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto ju fton të merrni pjesë në prezantimin e raportit Hulumtues mbi Migracionin dhe Shqiptarët si dhe ndarjen e rezultatëve të këtij Studimi.

Konferenca mbahet me Datë: 26 Prill 2019,

Vendi: International Hotel në Tiranë, Salla Balsha

Ora: 10:00 – 12:00 paradite.

Në këtë konferencë do të ndajmë me ju shkaqet dhe pasojat e Migrimit të Shqiptarëve. Rezultatet tregojnë një tendencë të madhe të Shqiptarëve për tu larguar si pasojë e faktorëve socio-ekonomik. Ajo çfarë e bën unik këtë studim, është përdorimi i metodologjisë gjithëpërfshirëse dhe matja për herë të parë e cilësisë së jetës në Shqipëri me instrumentin e Organizatës Botërore të Shëndetsisë.

Ky studim ka synuar gjetjen e rekomandimeve për krijimin dhe modifikimin e politikave në parandalimin e migrimit të paligjshëm si dhe ri-integrimin në shoqëri të emigrantëve të kthyer.

Bashkendarja e mendimeve dhe ideve tuaja në lidhje me këtë çështje dhe gjetjet konkrete te studimit, do të ishin të mirëpritura.

Ju lutemi konfirmoni pjesëmarrjen tuaj në info@marywardloreto.net

Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto


Published Date: 24th April 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project, Upcoming Events



“MIGRATION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES IN THE COMMUNITY”- Forum with the community and actors involved, Shkodra, March 26, 2019.


A forum on Immigration and Its Consequences in the Community was held on March 26th in Shkoder, Albania.

On the speaker panel was Prof. Roland Dodani, Dean of the Faculty of Law University of Shkodra; Mr. Engjell Gjugja, Coordinator of the Youth Center Atelie; Mr. Dode Mehmetaj, representative of DRFPP Shkoder; Mimoza Kallaqi, Representative of the Shkoder office; Mr. Ndoc Mulaj, Head of the Centre Association Aple; Mr. Denis Mema, Immigration Expert and Sr. Imelda Poole President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation.

During the meeting, community activists and attendees discussed the work being done to combat illegal and unsafe migration. The dialogue was positive, dynamic, and was an exchange of ideas and reflections related to the consequences in their community.

This forum will serve as a starting point for other local initiatives to improve legislation and work with institutions dealing with immigration and anti-trafficking work.


Published Date: 27th March 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project, NGO News



Positive Parenting Training in Golem, Lushnje.

On the 2nd of October, 20 men from Golem village in Lushnje participated in a training on Positive Parenting. This group was very dynamic and diverse; men that are already parents, young adults that are planning to have families, and 2 mothers attended. The group was open to discuss their problems with parenting and, with the help of our training materials, they realized why they were struggling to feel joy in parenthood and how to better communicate with their children. This training introduced them to positive discipline technique which we believe will better their experience empower them to be even better parents.



Published Date: 11th October 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project



Gender Based Violence Training in Iballe, Puka.

Last week, 10 men from Iballe village in Puka attended a training on Gender Based Violence. This gathering was full of emotional testimony and meaningful and difficult discussion. For the first time in our years of delivering this training, the men had the courage to speak truthfully about the reality of the situation and gave arguments as to why harmful traditional behaviors are still justified and embraced by communities. The training helped draw the men’s attention to the long-term consequences of domestic violence and gender-based violence in the wellbeing of not only the individual but also the family as a unit. The methodology used was selected very carefully in order to show empathy for our beneficiaries and to make them aware of the complex nature of the phenomenon. We discussed cases where they themselves could be victims of gender based violence, helped build their knowledge about the cycle of violence, and taught them how to improve their relationships in their families and take the first step towards change.




Published Date: 11th October 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project