This paper intends to analyze several aspects of albanian migration focusing on the mith of return when it becomes a real project, with all the consequences that this event produces in the life of migrants and into their society.
The work resumes a four year research on the return migration in Northern albania, The field work has been carried out through the methodological tool of "in depth" interviews and "participant observation" in order to identify common trends and to outline some aspects related to the social impact of the return. Today Albania is a constantly evolving country, but its history and its present still are strongly connected to migration. The period observed, saw the most important foreign destination for albanian migrants, becoming the principal protagonists of the current political-economic crisis. How does this crisis affect Albania migration patterns and re-migration processes? who leaves and who comes back from Albania today? what is changing in migrants expectation? What are the challenges facing those who decide or are forced to come back in their home country? Discussing the main highlights of the research the paper will try to answer some of these questions and to reflect upon the new patterns and effects of diaspora.
Keywords: Migration; return; preparedness; context knowledge;Albania; Crisis