This picture was taken during a field visit to one of the detention centres in the Evros region. This mosquito-bitten 15 month old baby is Iraqi and had been at the centre for 10 days prior to our visit. He will spend a month (or two) in that place, as all the Iraqis do, waiting [...]
The situation of the Pakistani migrants in Greece – Interview with Iftikhar Hussain Kazmi, Ambassador of Pakistan in Greece
ELIAMEP: Would you say that the Pakistani community in Athens is blossoming in its own social space? H.E. Mr. Kazmi: Pakistani migrants came to Greece in the 1970s. They have been staying here and doing well. The majority of them are working in the construction industry, in farms and in the service sectors. Many of [...]
Tackling the financial and economic crisis – Interview with Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
ELIAMEP: The global financial crisis is the first major challenge for the euro as a multi-national currency. Although early indications suggest that the eurozone countries are weathering the storm, this has not stopped prominent economists such as Martin Feldstein (Harvard University) from cautioning that ‘the current financial crisis may provide a severe test of the [...]
About a year and a half ago, my colleague Thanos Maroukis and I conducted a study on Greece’s Muslim immigrants and their potential for turning to radicalism and violence. We found no signs of radicalisation. And no violent radicalization for that matter either. We did note though that Muslim immigrant communities in Greece are ‘growing’ [...]
A question that has arisen during the last months is whether and how irregular migration stocks and flows are affected by the current economic crisis. The current economic and financial crisis is probably yet to reach its highest peak, however a stagnation of economic activity and rising unemployment have been felt by several countries all [...]
Greek debates on inclusion of migrants and their children in the French mirror: repeating the same mistakes ?
The debates surrounding the bill organizing the social and political inclusion of the children of migrants born and educated in Greece sounds all too familiar to a French observer. Indeed, they seem to repeat an attempt at reformulating the politics of citizenship that was made in France at the turn of the 1980’s and the [...]
My mother is Italian, my father is Dutch. Purely due to the origins of my ‘blood’, I was given an Italian and a Dutch passport. I was born and raised, however, in Belgium. There, I always grew up with the idea that I could, once I had turned 18, if I wanted to, become a [...]
Migrants: do ‘we’ want them or not? A pointless question that often appears in public discourse and that ‘we’ can no longer answer by ourselves.
“we offer hospitality and accept with infinite love and sympathy the others that come here, the foreigners…. but they had better not interfere with our domestic issues”. This comment was made by the MP presiding the Greek parliament on Friday the 12th of December; on the day that a much contested bill article for the [...]
As the child of Greeks who migrated to Australia in the 1950s, I grew up knowing I am Australian. It was something that I acknowledged, accepted and in fact took for granted at some very deep level. Citizenship was crucial to shaping my identity, connecting me at the local/community level, the social level, the institutional [...]