Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)
Newsletter on Immigration to Greece
Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Illegal immigration, a multifaceted national security threat: the case of Greece – available online!
This research paper by Ioannis Kolovos contains all the latest data and analysis on the issue and is available online free of charge through RIEAS.
The research paper can be found here (in English)

The paper is also available through the International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

Immigrants show low interest in participating in November’s local elections
According to Ministry of Interior data only 10,097 immigrants submitted the proper documentation in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming local elections. It should be noted that according to estimates about 190,000 immigrants could have applied.
The relevant newspaper article (Ta Nea, 7/9/2010) can be found here (in Greek only)

Greece’s foreign population higher than EU average
According to the latest Eurostat data 929,500 foreigners live and work in Greece, representing 8.3% of the country’s population. Only 161,600 (1.4%) come from other EU countries while 6.8% come from countries outside the EU. The EU average for the total foreigner population is 6.4% while the average for the non-EU foreigner population is 4%.
The relevant Eurostat press release can be read in full here (in English)

Afghans, Bangladeshis and Greeks clash in Manolada
A group of Afghans clashed with a group consisting of Bangladeshis and Greeks in Manolada at Ilias County. The two groups used knives, axes and ironbars against each other. Several people were wounded and the Police made ten arrests (seven Afghans, one Bangladeshi and two Greeks).
The relevant article (To Vima, 10/9/2010) can be read here (in Greek only)

Fear and loathing in central Athens
Clashes between natives and immigrants are a daily occurrence in Agios Panteleimon square in central Athens.
A relevant article (Kathimerini, 17/9/2010) can be read here (in Greek only)

Unemployment much higher for foreign nationals
According to the latest Labor Force Survey (2nd trimester of 2010) the unemployment rate of foreign nationals was much higher compared to the Greeks (14.3% compared to 11.4% respectively).
The relevant press release by the National Statistics Authority can be read here (in Greek only)

Foreigners constitute the vast majority of prisoners
Ministry of Justice data show that in June 2010 foreigners constituted 57.6% of the total prison population (6,728 out of 11,674 prisoners). It should be noted that overcrowding is a major issue for the Greek Prison System.
The relevant data can be found in the following article (Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia, 19/9/2010)

Repatriation of Pakistani nationals made easier
An agreement making it easier to return illegal immigrants to Pakistan was given the green light by the European Parliament. Once ratified, the Pakistani authorities will be obliged to readmit their nationals, with technical assistance from the EU. The agreement will apply only to Pakistani nationals who come to the EU illegally after the agreement enters into force. According to the European Commission - on the basis of 2008 figures - around 13,000 Pakistani citizens have been arrested in an irregular residence situation in the EU.
The relevant European Parliament press release can be read in full here (in English)






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