Update to Responses to Information Requests ALB25205.E, ALB25208.E, ALB25209.E and ALB25214.E of 23 October 1996, and ALB25771.E of 3 January 1997, on whether an ethnic Albanian born in Kosova of ethnic Albanian parents has a right to Albanian citizenship, and if so, on the procedure to obtain Albanian citizenship and on whether having a brother born in Yugoslavia and residing and working in Albania would influence the above person's ability to obtain Albanian citizenship [ALB27294.E]

For information on the acquisition of asylum in Albania and the situation of Albanians from Kosova residing in Albania, please consult the 29 July 1997 UNHCR attachment. For additional information on the situation of refugees from Kosova in Albania, please consult page 820 of Country Reports 1996, which is available at Regional Documentation Centres. Additional information on the above-mentioned topics could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), Ottawa. 29 July 1997. Facsimile sent to the DIRB.

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report. Yearly.

CSCE Digest [Washington]. Monthly.

DIRB country file on Albania.

Electronic sources: DIRB databases, Internet, LEXIS/NEXIS, REFWORLD (UNHCR database), World News Connection (WNC).

Human Rights Watch World Report. Yearly.

News from Helsinki Watch [New York]. Monthly.

Transition [Prague]. Twice monthly.

Uncaptive Minds [Washington]. Quarterly.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact oral sources.