Pandemic increases crime, unemployment, violence and poverty among youth in Albania!

Pandemic increases crime, unemployment, violence and poverty among youth in Albania!

On the International Youth Day, CRCA and ANYN Albania make public the concerning situation of the youth, in the Report "Youth in Albania 2020"

Tirana, 12 August 2020 – The International Youth Day finds young people in Albania, poorer, violated and in a worse economic situation than a year ago. The annual National Report "Youth in Albania 2020", of CRCA/ECPAT Albania and the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN), highlights the major challenges faced by youth during 2019-2020.

The report shares figures and facts on the very worrying situation of Albania’s youth. Based on the analysis of data and statistics, reports and studies of public institutions, national and international organizations, as well as a national questionnaire with young people developed during the period of total lockdown of Albania due to the global pandemic of Covid-19.

The main data of the Report show that:

  •  Albania has 661,365 young people aged 15-29, who make up 23.2% of the population.
  •  49% of young people stated that themselves or a family member, lost their job during the pandemic;
  •  88% of young people stated that girls and women were the main victims of violence during the pandemic;
  •  92% of young people stated that they did not receive any assistance from the Government during the total lockdown;
  •  63% of young people confirm increased domestic violence during the same period.

The report conveys a reality where young people in Albania continue to leave the country, seeking a better life. According to the Report:

  • Over 140,000 young people have left Albania during the last 10 years;
  • Youth unemployment continues to be one of the main challenges for young people: almost 51% of young people are neither employed nor attending education or training;
  • Graduates suffer the highest unemployment in Albania, where respectively according to INSTAT data of 2019, around 14.4% of young people with secondary education and 12.3% with higher education suffered unemployment;
  • Youth crime in Albania accounts for 28.5% of all crimes committed in the country.
  • Every day 3 girls or women denounce domestic violence. According to INSTAT, in 2019 alone, 1,044 girls and women reported domestic violence to the police.


The 3rd National Report "Youth in Albania 2020" goal is to identify major issues of concern for young people, while inform youth and the public institutions. The report brings to the attention of decision-making institutions the need to engage in sustainable dialogue with young people everywhere in Albania, to establish policies and programs that respond to the demands of young people. The report contains recommendations addressed to the Parliament, the Government, ministries, as well as political parties and Municipalities in Albania.

The National Report "Youth in Albania", a publication of CRCA and ANYN since 2018, has already become an annual tradition for making public the situation nd developments for youth across the country.


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