Immigrant Entrepreneur Challenges Toward Trade Europeanization: The Dynamics of Albanian Experience in the Province of Milan, Italy

  • Abstract:

    As I have considered in my previous papers the possibility for the Albanian immigrant entrepreneurship to bridge transnational for international marketing and trade to the Albanian products and services due to their double cultural affinity, both native and the one embedding because of their immigration abroad, I have also noticed some limitations related to their social status in the host European countries, which are result of the sectors of economy they have started their businesses and entrepreneurship. They have developed businesses in sectors such as construction, cleaning services, mechanical services, restoration and inter-mediation etc, sectors generating not high profits, as well as not very much preferred by host country nationals for the low social class representing compared to other industries. This is also related to their limited education and to the lack of acknowledgement of their study titles abroad, because of the problems the higher education in Albania has had both in the time of dictatorship and later during the transition period. At this consideration, in this paper I want to analyze some elements and phenomena that can be touched and considered for possible change and development between Albanian immigrants abroad, based on findings of a sample studied by the Albanian immigrant group of Lombardy, Italy. These changes can relate to education, professional skills, marketing and economic skills, sociological training especially to socialization and enlargement of ties other than with egos etc. This will reinforce their enclave networks and increase their integration abroad, fostering this way their increased penetration in the international market with the products and services they carry in their businesses as well as with Albanian genuine products, strongly influencing in the Albanian businesses to impose international European standards of production.