Albania–Australia relations

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Albania–Australia relations refer to the current and historical relations of Albania and Australia. Neither country has a resident ambassador. Australia has a non resident ambassador based in Rome. Albania has two consulates in Adelaide and Brisbane with honorary consuls.[1]

Visas

Australian citizen visitors to Albania do not require visas for short, or long term stays.[2] Australia does however require visa for Albanian tourists and other visa classes.[3]

Economic relations

The Government of Australia has provided financial and humanitarian aid through humanitarian aid organizations such as the Children First Foundation and Melbourne Overseas Missions. Australia has supported several Albanian communities through its embassy in Rome.[4]

Total trade between the two countries is small at AUD4 million for 2015/16. There is no foreign investment in either country. Australia is Albania's 69th largest export destination and the 65th largest import source.[5]

Warrant Officer Peter Victor Waddell standing on the deck of the Polish steamer Narvick, which rescued him and seven other Australian sergeant pilots after the SS Orcades was torpedoed. WO Waddell later served with 249 Squadron, RAF and was later lost on operations on 30 March 1944 over Albania.

World War II

World War II saw the Italian invasion of Albania. Some Albanians in Australia were interred as enemy combatants, unless they were naturalised.[6]

Six Royal Australian Air Force pilots were killed in action in air battles over Albania flying for the Royal Air Force.[7]

Kosovo War

In 1999, the Howard Government took 4000 evacuees from Albania. Many returned after fighting ended, however some remained in Australia.[8]

High level visits

In April 2012, the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles, met the Prime Minister Sali Berisha, the Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto, and Deputy Defence Minister Arjan Starova in Albania.

In August 2012, the Albanian Foreign Minister Edmond Panariti met the Foreign Minister Bob Carr, Parliamentary Secretary Richard Marles, President of the Australian Senate, John Hogg and Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Peter Slipper in Australia.

Migration

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There are about 13,000 Australians of Albanian descent. The first recorded migrant to Australian from Albania arrived in 1885.

Treaties

Two extradition treaties have been signed between the two countries. These treaties were invoked when Agostin Lleshaj, who escaped an Albanian prion in 1997, and under a false name, made his way to Australia. He was granted a refugee visa and later citizenship, settling in Adelaide and started a family, before being discovered after being arrested on drug charges and extradited under the treaty in 2013. The Government of Albania successfully won an attempt to appeal the descion in the Federal Court of Australia with the defendant claiming mistaken identity.[9]

See also

References

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