Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos
Inflow of illegal immigrants from Evros decreased by 84%
One month after the ratcheting up of the guarding of the Evros border, the inflow of illegal immigrants to Greece from that area has decreased by 84%. At the same time an increase of illegal immigrant inflow is being recorded at the East Aegean Sea and at the Greek-Albanian border.
Unemployment much higher for foreign nationals
According to the latest Labor Force Survey (2nd quarter of 2012) the unemployment rate of foreign nationals was much higher compared to the Greeks (32.5% compared to 22.7% respectively).
Greek government forges a plan to manage illegal immigration from Syria
The Ministries of National Defense, Public Order and Maritime are co-ordinating efforts to manage a possible illegal migratory pressure from Syria.
First official assessment of the government’s recent efforts to tackle illegal immigration
The Minister for Public Order Mr Nikolaos Dendias met with the Head of the European Commission’s Task Force for Greece Mr Horst Reichenbach. They discussed the government’s recent efforts to tackle illegal immigration which were considered to be especially positive.
The other Greek crisis
The New Yorker’s view of Greece’s immigration issue
Greece’s Muslims’ new show of strength
About 1,000 Muslims gathered in Omonia square in Athens city center in order to protest against a US movie which they considered as “blasphemous”. They clashed with the police and smashed in shops and vehicles. At the same time Muslim inmates rioted in the Korydallos prison.
Talking sense about immigration policy
Mr Pericles Nearchou, former Ambassador of Cyprus in Paris, offers a sensible approach to the issue of illegal immigration.