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THE ALBANIANS IN THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA (1991–2001)

Issue: 2018 N 4

Mariyana Stamova - Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Abstract: For more than two centuries the Albanian factor in Macedonia has been an objective and dynamically changing reality. It has manifested itself as an ethnic, demographic, socio-economic factor during the Ottoman rule and in unitarian Yugoslavia; as an ethnic minority, political and constitutional crisis – at the time of SFR Yugoslavia; ten years after the establishment of independent Republic of Macedonia, since the beginning of 2001, the Albanian factor has turned into a major problem for the existence and sovereignty of the country.

Keywords: Albanians, Yugoslavia, Republic of Macedonia, Ethnic Minority, Demographic and Socio-Economic Problems