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

Greek burdens multiply with illegal immigrants finding back door to Europe
Bloomberg’s view of the situation in Greece

The full text of the article can be read here (in English)

The government realizes that good fences make good neighbors
The Minister for Citizen’s Protection Mr Christos Papoutsis announced the government’s intention to build a 12.5 km long fence on the land border with Turkey in Evros, in order to deter the influx of illegal immigrants. Could this measure be too little, too late?

A relevant article (Ethnos, 3/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

Greece plans Turkey border fence to tackle migration
BBC’s report on the Greek government’s plans.

The article can be read here (in English)

Foreigners clash violently in Agios Dometios, Cyprus
Groups of about twenty foreigners clashed violently in the town of Agios Dometios in Cyprus. The foreigners were armed with clubs, swords and petrol bombs. Six people were injured during the clashes, three of them seriously.

A relevant news report (Simerini, 8/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

Professor Theodore Lianos speaks the truth about illegal immigration
Athens University of Economics and Business professor Theodore Lianos argues that illegal immigrants must be removed by any means possible and that immigrants in Greece should only be selected and legal.

Professor Lianos’ article (To Vima, 9/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

A new policy on illegal immigration?
Mr Pericles Nearchou, former Ambassador of Cyprus in Paris, comments on the recent developments in the government’s policy regarding illegal immigration.

Mr Nearchou’s article (To Paron, 9/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

The new Asylum Bill becomes Law
Government’s Asylum Bill was debated in and voted by the Parliament. The minutes of the two-day-long debate can be read here (in Greek only)  Part1  -  Part2 

Immigrants clash in Igoumenitsa – repeatedly!
After Athens and Patras the port city of Igoumenitsa is the new hotspot of continuous clashes among groups of illegal immigrants.

A relevant article (Kathimerini, 14/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

Greek Public Opinion overwhelmingly supports a hard line on immigration
8 out of 10 Greeks are in favor of the fence on Evros border while 9 out of 10 favor the repatriation (voluntary or not) of illegal immigrants.

The relevant poll findings (Ethnos, 16/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

Refugees stir Greek anger
Wall Street Journal’s view of the situation in Evros.

The article can be read here (in English)

Greece sinks to new low: Hundreds of illegal immigrants occupy a public building
About 250 illegal immigrants, aided by extreme leftists, traveled by ship from Chania, Crete to Athens and then occupied the Law School’s building in Athens city center! They demanded amnesty for all illegal immigrants in Greece. This was the first time in the country’s history that a public building was occupied by illegal immigrants! The occupation ended after five days of talks between the government and the illegal immigrants.

A relevant article (Ethnos, 25/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)

Another interesting article (Kathimerini, 30/1/2011) can be read here (in Greek only)




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