eb1e901c-1f02-4188-a514-eb32acec8f6cOn April 6, 2016, during a yet another riot by "irregular immigrants" in the port of Piraeus, a protester raises his baby son above his head and threatens to launch him as a missile against the police. He is stopped before a tragedy can occur. Later, reports say, he is interviewed on camera about his heroic deed; he claims that what he did was "symbolic." He is not arrested for this "symbolic "act and he is not charged with endangering a child. Read more

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)

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

Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Finally realizing the basics!
The deputy Minister for Immigration Policy Mr Yiannis Mouzalas stated in an interview that Greece should set a number on the population of illegal immigrants that it can receive and support.

Mr Mouzalas' interview (Avgi, 1-3/1/2016) can be read in full here (in Greek only)

The increase of refugee inflow to Greece is the second most important event of 2015
According to a Kapa Research opinion poll 54.5% of Greeks consider the increased inflow of refugees as the second most important event of 2015 for Greece, preceded only by the imposition of capital controls (58.7%).

The opinion poll (To Vima, 3/1/2016) can be read in full here (in Greek only)

migration17Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

On the presence of jihadists in Greece
According to Hellenic Police reports, four foreigners were deported from Greece in recent years because they were propagating ISIS and they were trying to recruit radical Islamists to their cause.

The relevant article (To Vima, 29/11/2015) can be read here (in Greek only)

illegalmig15Research Institute for European and American Studies
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

On the distinction between "illegal immigrants" and "refugees"
A very insightful comment by journalist Tassos Telloglou, as terminological accuracy is always essential in the understanding of any issue.

The relevant article can be read here (in Greek only)

Deputy Minister for Citizen's Protection admitted that people with extremist views may be included among illegal immigrants
The Deputy Minister for Citizen's Protection Mr Nikos Toskas admitted that the inflow of immigrants from Turkey to Greece is so large that people with extremist views may be included among immigrants and may pose a threat. His words were proven right a few days later when the terrorist attacks in Paris took place.

The relevant article (Kathimerini, 8/11/2015) can be read here (in Greek only)

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