On the Run
On the Run
Albanians Going West
Chapter 3 elaborates on the migration of Albanian organized crime to Western countries. It discusses whether ethnically based organized crime groups are able to move abroad easily and reproduce their territorial control in foreign countries, or whether these groups and individuals - due to myriad factors including inequality, social exclusion, and culture conflict - start a life of crime only after their arrival in new territories. This chapter examines the intentional and unintentional migration of Albanian criminal groups, the rage that many young people felt for the West that tantalized them with its wealth yet forbade them legal entry, and the range of criminal activities in which these groups became involved in upon their arrival in the new territories. It also pursues the following questions: Do Albanian organized crime groups get support from their ethnic constituencies abroad? And are these criminal organizations malleable, learning organizations? The migration of Albanian organized crime offenders to the E.U. and the U.S. is discussed in this chapter.
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