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As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
w2eu.info – Welcome to Europe
This hyperlink –w2eu.info – leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries.
Albanian Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture (ARCT)
The Albanian Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture (ARCT) offers Rehabilitation of torture victims services and Prevention of Torture programs. It provides monitoring, documentation of torture and ill-treatment, focusing both on legal and medical aspects, and individual representation to vulnerable people, including immigrants.
Refugee and Migrant Services in Albania
Refugee and Migrant Services in Albania (RMSA) is a NGO that provides social and legal service to refugees and asylum-seekers in Albania. It was legally registered on 12 September 2001 at Tirana court. The mission statement of the NGO is to assist refugees and asylum-seekers to integrate locally in the country of asylum.
RMSA provides legal counselling and represents foreigners who seek asylum in Albania, upon their request, during the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedure, throughout all the stages (pre-screening, application, hearing, etc) both in the administrative and judicial instances; Ensure that rejected cases are informed on their case according to the law and have the possibility of exercising their right to appeal; Provide legal representation in other state administrative bodies; Provide legal counselling to all persons of concern to ensure their rights are respected and they are aware of their rights and obligations provided for in the Albanian legislation; Provide social services and community based assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers (EVIs comprising single women head of household, unaccompanied children, elderly) of concern to UNHCR; Provide appropriate accommodation to the cases granted refugee status in compliance with the law in force; Develop and promote, in close collaboration with UNHCR’s implementing partners in other sectors, the future self-reliance of refugees and their social capacity to locally integrate into the Albanian society; fully support the registration of refugee and asylum seekers’ children at schools, guarantee their full access to education and provide them with all the necessary school materials.
Tirana Legal Aid Society (TLAS)
Tirana Legal Aid Society, (TLAS) started its activities in 1999 and in 2006 registered as an Albanian independent local not-for-profit organization. Together with other governmental or non-governmental actors, TLAS works for positive development in Albania. TLAS provides legal services to vulnerable individuals. It increases awareness by publishing information on legal issues and human rights. It also works on law initiatives regarding legal and social problems of people in need. TLAS works also with refugees and offers them free legal aid services. It assists refugees by providing legal advise by email, phone, or in the office, as well as direct representation in court.
LGBTI ORGANISATIONS IN ALBANIA
PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania
Pink Embassy aims advocates for the rights and needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT) community and people still uncertain of their sexual orientation (Questioning), that they be fully respected and their needs and concerns be appropriately addressed. Pink Embassy aims to improve the attitude and behaviour of the Albanian government and society towards LGBT community individuals and issues, as well as the total integration of this community into the Albanian social, economic and political life. The website is available in English and Albanian and refugees from abroad are welcome.
Gay.al is Albania’s biggest gay community website and offers a forum for advice and personal stories. The website is available in Albanian and English and is useful for LGBTI persons originating from other countries