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immigration1Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece

Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

New government plans to grant citizenship to 2nd generation immigrants
The new PM Mr Alexis Tsipras, presenting his government's programmatic statements, emphasized that the Bill granting citizenship to 2nd generation immigrants will be promptly forwarded to the Parliament.

Mr Tsipras' speech can be read in full here (in Greek only)

Foreigners constitute the absolute majority of inmates in Greek prisons
According to relevant data 60.4% of all inmates in Greek prisons are foreigners. This is another indication of the link between illegal immigration and serious crime.

immigration10Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Unemployment much higher for foreign nationals
According to the latest Labor Force Survey (3rd quarter of 2014) the unemployment rate of foreign nationals was much higher compared to the Greeks (30.3% compared to 25.1% respectively).

The relevant press release by the National Statistics Authority can be read here (in Greek only)

stopillegimmigrResearch Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Greece did not make the most from EU funding
From 2007 to 2013 Greece was granted 207 million euros from the External Borders Fund in order to patrol its borders more effectively. Nevertheless, Greece managed to absorb only 43% of these funds (compared to EU average of 87.6%).

A relevant article (Kathimerini, 9/10/2014) can be read here (in Greek only)

illegalmig15Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece

Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

In Greece, Migrants Are Desperate to Flee Again

A New York Times report on the situation of illegal immigrants in the port city of Patras.

The article can be read in full (in English) 

immigration1Research Institute for European and American Studies

Newsletter on Immigration to Greece

Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Will Turkey honour their deal with the EU?

In mid-December 2013 an agreement was signed between Turkey and the European Union in order for Turkey to take back immigrants who illegally enter the EU from Turkish territory. It should be noted that Turkey had signed a similar agreement with Greece but failed to live up to its expectations. From 2002 until 2014 Greece submitted 127,309 requests to the Turkish side but Turkey took back only 3,838 illegal immigrants.

A relevant article (To Vima, 6/7/2014) can be read here (in Greek only)

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