This paper, presented by Dr Rachel Alsop at the Breaking the Chains event hosted by MiCLU and Shpresa Programme in June 2018, reviews the available country of origin literature on Albania and finds that the country guidance for Albania used in decision making on asylum claims for unaccompanied young people is not fit for purpose.

Dr Alsop’s paper finds significant gaps in the literature and concludes that without sufficient research data to draw on, the country guidance is problematic as it is not adequately informed by the lived experiences of the young people.