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Ana Malit (meaning “side of the mountain” in Albanian) is a municipality of the city Ulqin, Montenegro. Ana Malit has many towns such as Krytha, Kllezna, Milla, Shasi, Amulli, Dragina, Brajsha, Sukubina, Selita, Shtodra, Rashtisha, etc. (Katerkolla is its most populated with stores and restaurants.) In Shas you can visit the ancient church ruins, and go out to the restaurants. In the town of Krytha you can climb the Mount Suka and have a great view of the villages. Sukubina is closer to the Albanian border than the other towns.

Geography

The Ana Malit region is located between (near) Liqeni Shkodres (Lake Scutari) and Liqeni Shasit. It is divided by the Albanian/Montenegrian border (Anamalit is in Albania) and the Adriatic Sea.

Population

The population of Anamalit is 99% Albanian (Muslim & Catholic), and 1% Muslim Montenegrians in the town of Krythe and Kaliman bordering the neigbohuring town of Merkojevice, Leskovci and Pelinku which is divided by the Medjurecje River in the west. In the north is Mount Lipoja and from the other side are the villages and region of Kraja with Ostros as center, which is also Albanian. In the south Anamalit’s border goes across the Medjurecje River through Krytha, Kllezna, and up to Lake Shasi which belongs to Anamali, to the village of Saint George and the Albanian border. In the east is the Albanian/Montenegrian border and a large part of Anamalit continues up to the city of Scodra (Scutari).
Many of Ana Malit’s natives started migrating to the nearest major city, Ulqin, and since the 1960s many of the people of Ana Malit started immigrating to the United States, Germany, Australia, and other parts of the world. The estimated present day (2008) population is near 11,000. The estimated population of Ana Malit that migrated to states such as the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, France, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Kosova, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, and Russia is estimated at more than 36,000 people who migrated from 1900 to 2000. Most of them migrated during the First and Second Balkan Wars in 1904 and 1908–1912, and as well during the First World War and Second World War. In more recent times most of the migrants were males during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and after the start of the civil wars in the Former SFRJ (Yugoslavia). The biggest influx of migrants in most recent times has almost destroyed the economy and there is no chance of prosperity for the younger generation. But anyway its a beautiful place to live and not all people are leaving their land to look for a better future.

The population consists of:
Albanian (99.00%)
Montenegrin (1.00%)