Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Everyday Life in Communist Albania

Background

This research built on a series of previous projects carried out by Russell King over the past ten years examining research into various aspects of Albanian migration. This previous research focused mainly on causal factors for the migration, trajectories of integration in host societies (especially Italy), return migration, and the relationships between remittances, gender, and development.

Key themes in the project  ‘Everyday Life in Communist Albania’ related to work, family, gender, leisure and (im)mobility. It focused on the following research question: ‘How is the post-1990 experience of migration and mobility interpreted against the backdrop of life under the most repressive, autocratic and isolationist of the Eastern bloc’s communist regimes’; the research relied upon oral histories collected from older Albanians looking back to their earlier lives.