IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES

Tabloid “Proto Thema”: Racism on the front page

Well before the tragic events in Paris many feared that a terrorist attack οn European soil would serve to scapegoat the large numbers of Syrian refugees making their way to Europe via Greece and Italy. Indeed, right-wing populist forces across Europe are now raising the question of tighter border controls…

Greece: refugee crisis on a knife’s edge

Dimitris Christopoulos   The following text is written before both the Malta Summit and the Paris terror attacks of November 13th. It is more than certain that particularly the Paris events will seal the European management of the refugee crisis, driving EU member-States to enforce  restrictive policies. Still, this won't…

Open the gate! The fence and priorities

Manos Avgeridis This weekend, a protest was organized on Evros, Northern Greece, with the demand to bring down the fence on the border between Greece and Turkey. Clashes between protesters and police were reported, yet the stance of the EU and of the Greek government remains intransigent. This is a…

Yiannis Mouzalas: An activist at the Ministry of Migration Policy: possibilities and limits

Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos   The government's commitments to lift first home protection from foreclosures and to bring painful changes in the social insurance system (lowering of pensions and state subsidies, raise of retirement age limits), as well as the suffocating surveillance by the troika (or, rather, quartet) that leaves no room…

Battered Greece and Its Refugee Lesson

Roger Cohen   Molyvos Greece — Here’s a rough guide to the modern world: More efficiency, less humanity. Technology is principally at the service of productivity. Acts of irrational grace are not its thing. They have no algorithm. Greece has made me think about everything statistics don’t tell you. No European…

Yorgos Maniatis: ​A handling crisis or a crisis of the European borders regime?

The refugee camp at Pedion Areos Yorgos Maniatis   Since the publication of the original article in Greek, refugees were transferred (16-17.8.2015) to an open accommodation structure set up by the Government, in Elaionas area (near downtown Athens)   July 2015, Pedion Areos, downtown Athens.  The refugee camp is getting…

Petros Katsakos: Do not cross Gevgelija…

Petros Katsakos “Do not cross Gevgelija” (Min tin pernas ti Gevgeli, in Greek) – says a lyric of a Greek song; a song that this father had never listened to.  He crossed the border from Eidomeni (Greece) to Gevgelija (FYROM) carrying his child in his arms as he did all…