ALBANIAN IMMIGRANTS IN GREECE: FROM UNWANTED TO TOLERATED? Cover Image

ALBANIAN IMMIGRANTS IN GREECE: FROM UNWANTED TO TOLERATED?
ALBANIAN IMMIGRANTS IN GREECE: FROM UNWANTED TO TOLERATED?

Author(s): Artur Adamczyk
Subject(s): Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Politics and Identity
Published by: Institute for Research and European Studies - Bitola
Keywords: Greece; Albania; immigration; migration policy; assimilation

Summary/Abstract: The main objective of this article is to present the way attitudes towards Albanian people and the perception of them has changed in Greece. The Albanians came to Greece following the collapse of the Communist bloc at the beginning of the 1990s. Within time it transpired that it was a mass immigration of approximately 500,000 people. Greece was not prepared for such an enormous influx of foreigners and failed to initiate an effective migration policy. The initial reactions of the Greek politicians, media, and society were negative. Social feelings, however, began to turn in the first decade of the XX century. Albanians ceased to be stigmatised as a threat and started to be perceived in a positive way through the prism of the demands of the Greek economy. The economic and migration crisis, however, lead to the reappearance of a xenophobic mood among the Greeks.

  • Issue Year: 2/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 49-59
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English