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

Editor: Ioannis Kolovos

Four Seasons: The Changing Seasons of Migration
A Frontex feature story on the situation at the Greek borders

The story can be read in full here (in English)

Evros fence turns out to be a truly preventive measure
Inability to cross the Greece-Turkey land border due to the fence in Evros makes refugees and illegal immigrants from Syria enter the EU through Bulgaria.

The relevant article (Kathimerini, 14/9/2013) can be read here (in Greek only)

The importance of border control
Mr Pericles Nearchou, former Ambassador of Cyprus in Paris, points out that better border control will result in increased national security and decreased criminality.

Mr Nearchou’s article (To Paron, 15/9/2013) can be read here (in Greek only)

For migrants seeking a better life, Greece can be cruelly inhospitable
Newsweek Pakistan publicized a long article on the hardships Southeast Asian migrants face in Greece.

The article can be read in full here (in English)

Unemployment much higher for foreign nationals
According to the latest Labor Force Survey (2nd quarter of 2013) the unemployment rate of foreign nationals was much higher compared to the Greeks (38.3% compared to 26.1% respectively).

The relevant press release by the National Statistics Authority can be read here (in Greek only)

The draft of the new Immigration Bill has been publicized
The Ministry of Interior publicized the draft of its new Immigration Bill. The draft was also posted on “OpenGov” for public commentary until the end of October.

The full text of the draft can be read here (in Greek only)

The relevant link to “OpenGov” is

Hellenic Coast Guard: Guardians of the European Borders
The Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs & the Aegean in association with the Hellenic Coast Guard HQ have produced an interesting video on the issue of illegal immigration at Greece’s East Aegean sea borders.

The video can be viewed in full here



How many are the country’s legalized immigrants?
According to the latest Ministry of Interior data 462,319 third country nationals have a valid residence permit and a further 135,478 permits are under review. The vast majority of permit holders are Albanians (409,125 people – 68.44%) followed by Ukrainians (21,723 people – 3.63%), Georgians (19,329 people – 3.23%) and Pakistanis (18,681 people – 3.12%). 54.1% of legalized foreigners came to Greece to find employment, 44.4% came for family reunification and 1.5% came to Greece to study.

A relevant article (Kathimerini, 20/10/2013) can be read here (in Greek only)

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