Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos
Refugee status was granted only to 2,986 cases in 2016
According to Asylum Service data refugee status was granted to 2,711 cases in the first degree and to 275 cases in the second degree during 2016 (compared to 4,469 in total in 2015).
Majority of Greeks want to stop immigration from Muslim-majority countries
According to a Chatham House study 58% of Greeks want to stop immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
Social Security data on legal immigrants
Social Security data show that 53.65% of legal immigrants in Greece come from a single country: Albania.
FRONTEX publicized the 2017 Risk Analysis
The Analysis noted that most migrants arrived in Italy and Greece, with each country reporting roughly 180,000 new arrivals.
Vast majority of Greeks are negative towards Muslim immigrants
According to a National Center for Social Research survey 8 out of 10 Greeks expressed reservations towards Muslim immigrants.
In 2016 only 4.8% of asylum applications were successful
According to Asylum Service data in 2016 51,091 people applied for asylum, but it was granted in only 2,466 cases.