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World Refugee Day 2004 National Activity Plan: Albania

World Refugee Day 2004 National Activity Plan: Albania

20 June 2004

A painting by Albanian artist Bashkim Ahmeti at the "Colours of Albania in the World" exhibition in Tirana. © UNHCR/B.Fusha

From 27 May to 22 June, UNHCR will organise an exhibition of paintings titled "Colours of Albania in the world". The exhibition brought home 23 Albanian artists living and working abroad. Some of them are refugees from the previous regime, others are migrants. The exhibition is organised in partnership with the International Organization for Migration and the National Gallery of Arts. This is to raise local awareness of the remarkable contribution refugees and asylum seekers can make to their host societies. Organized under the Prime Minister's auspices, the exhibition will take place at the Albanian Gallery of Arts. A catalogue of the exhibition, sponsored by the Albanian Mobile Communications, will also be available by mid-June.

As part of the campaign, "Most people travel for fun, refugees travel for fear", flyers will be placed in major banks and distributed by airline companies together with tickets.