New York, New York– In 1990, communist Albania opened up. For the first time in over 40 years, Albanians were permitted to leave the country.

This moment of change also brought years of political instability.

In the last decade of the 20th century, Dearta, Hrisanthi and Eleni Kroi, and Dimitra Skenderi left Albania for the United States.

Just as all people do, these women have their own unique stories. They had their own reasons for leaving Albania. And their own ways of making the U.S. home.

Listen as they share their stories.

By | Hannah Doksanksy, Lindsay Carbonell and Samantha Harrington