imm5Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece

Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Frontex publicized its Risk Analysis for 2016
The report mentioned three "choke-points": the maritime border between Turkey and Greece, the Central Mediterranean border and, as a consequence of the entry through Greece, the border with Western Balkan countries.

The report can be read in full here (in English)

Greeks view refugees as "a threat"
According to a Kapa Research opinion poll, 3 out of 4 Greeks have a negative view of the government's handling of the refugee issue. Moreover, 45.2% of Greeks consider the presence of refugees in the country as "a threat" while only 30.6% consider it as "an opportunity".

The relevant article (To Vima, 17/4/2016) can be read in full here (in Greek only)

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Commission reported on the implementation of EU-Turkey Statement
The European Commission found that good progress has been made to operationalise the Statement.

The relevant press-release can be read in full here (in English)

Greeks' stance towards refugees hardens
A "Public Issue" opinion poll showed that more and more Greeks view the refugee issue in a negative light and the absolute majority (65%) believe that the refugees will not be able to integrate in Greek society.

The relevant article (Avgi, 24/4/2016) can be read here (in Greek only)

Asylum seekers rioted in Lesbos' hotspot...
...and pelted the deputy Minister for Immigration Policy Mr Yiannis Mouzalas and his Dutch counterpart with water-bottles!

The relevant article (Kathimerini, 27/4/2016) can be read here (in Greek only)

Legalization through the back door?
The Parliament voted for the introduction of obligatory social security for immigrants without residence permits who work in agriculture. In essence, this is a first step towards ex-post facto legalization.

The relevant article (Kathimerini, 27/4/2016) can be read here (in Greek only)