Altin Raxhimi

Altin Raxhimi from Tirana, Albania, is an experienced journalist currently working freelance from Albania for a host of English-language publications, including BIRN,, Inter-Press Service and The Chicago Tribune


Prior to that, he co-produced Top Show, a nightly talk show on current affairs, society, arts and lifestyle. Altin has a scholarship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

He explored migratory pressures in Albania and how an evolving visa regime with the EU is having an impact on patterns of mobility in Albania, as its society also evolves and stratifies.

His research was supervised by Ana Petruseva, an editor of BIRN’s Balkan Insight publication.

Fellowship Portfolio

Europe Keeps Door to Poor Albanians Closely Guarded

Relaxation of EU visa rules benefits middle-class professionals but leaves poor and unskilled families as trapped as before.

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?