NEW GREEKS ON THE COURT | NEW GENERATION GOT GAME vol.IV

NEW GREEKS ON THE COURT | NEW GENERATION GOT GAME vol.IV

What happened, what we saw and what we heard, who came, who played and who won Last weekend, on June 24 & 25 2017, the New Generation Got Game vol.IV| New Kids on the Court took place in the outdoors court of Ampelokipi (Fthiotidos & Plakentias)! It is hard to accept the fact that the biggest Intercultural Basketball 3on3 Tournament is over already, but we […]

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The Intercultural Basketball Tournament “New Generation Got Game” is back for the fourth time!

The Intercultural Basketball Tournament “New Generation Got Game” is back for the fourth time!

New Generation Got Game vol.IV: Bigger, stronger, loads of star players, more participants, many gifts and unique opportunities for the winners! Once more, the outdoors court of Ampelokipi (Fthiotidos & Plakentias) will host the most famous intercultural tournament of Greece on June 24 & 25. In the morning and the afternoon the court will be full of people, music, voices and passion for basketball. Young […]

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The Registrations for the New Generation Got Game vol.IV Have Gone Live!

The Registrations for the New Generation Got Game vol.IV Have Gone Live!

We are happy to announce the official launch of the registrations for the Multicultural Basketball Tournament New Generation Got Game vol.IV! For the fourth year, the tournament returns on June 24 & 25, at the outdoor court of Ampelokipi (Fthiotidos & Plakentias). This year, the New Generation Got Game becomes the biggest Multicultural 3on3 Basketball Tournament in Greece, with many star players, more participants, a […]

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Latest Statistics Regarding Citizenship

Latest Statistics Regarding Citizenship

Based on data provided to us by the Ministry of Interior, it appears that from the beginning of the implementation of Law 4332/2015, 5.8380 applications for Greek citizenship have been filed by persons born and educated in Greece, 42.5% of whose applications have been filed in the Decentralized Services of Attica. Meanwhile, 27.858 decisions have been issued (about 48%). Apart from the procedure for migrant […]

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Entry to Greek Universities, for third country nationals who have graduated from foreign schools in Greece or elsewhere

Entry to Greek Universities, for third country nationals who have graduated from foreign schools in Greece or elsewhere

Prerequisites After the last amendment of the law 4415/2016, third country nationals or EU citizens who wish to enter Greek universities, shall meet the following requirements: At least one of their parents must not have Greek origin and the applicants must be citizens of the country of the high school they graduated in The applicants must have completed with full attendance the last two classes […]

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Residence Permits & Citizenship | March 23, 2017

Residence Permits & Citizenship | March 23, 2017

On Thursday, March 23, Generation 2.0 RED held an informative event titled, “Residence Permits & Citizenship: Procedures & Developments”, a meeting between communities and representatives of the decentralized immigration and civil status directorate. The purpose of the event was to inform the public on the relevant procedures. It was also an opportunity to bring together members of different migrant communities in Athens. This consequently ensured […]

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New Generation Got Game | Intercultural Basketball Tournament

New Generation Got Game | Intercultural Basketball Tournament

The MultiKulti Basketball Tournament New Generation Got Game focuses on the integration process of young Athenians with different origin, who share the same neighborhoods in Greek society. The main purpose of the tournament is the promotion of a healthy social integration of immigrants and youngsters of immigrant origins. Integration is a continuous process that requires the active participation of all the elements of a society. […]

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Residence permits and citizenship, procedures and developments | Informative Event

Residence permits and citizenship, procedures and developments | Informative Event

A year and a half after the implementation of the L.4332 regarding the second generation’s citizenship, what are the problems risen in the procedure? What could be improved? What should the applicants be careful of? What changes are about to occur regarding the residence permits’ procedures? What is going to change now that the permits for exceptional reasons are going to be issued by the […]

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New Statistics Regarding Citizenship

New Statistics Regarding Citizenship

Based on the information given to us by the Ministry of interior regarding the last quarter of 2016, combined with the previous data we provided to you, we present you the quantitative data for pending and approved applications for citizenship under the laws 3838/2010 and 4332/2015, both on the country and the regional level of Attica. By the end of 2016 things were as follows: […]

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“Hellenism” is not inherited, but neither is immigration

“Hellenism” is not inherited, but neither is immigration

Last week’s event, with Riga Dardalis’ question to Steve Kerr, did not come as a complete surprise. If not everyone, most of the people with migrant origins in Greece (especially those without Caucasian characteristics) have been through such a situation. So, if we look at it with a sober eye, it was just a needless question, which just happened to take place on camera. To […]

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Citizenship due to Greek School Attendance: What Changes for Private Schools?

Citizenship due to Greek School Attendance: What Changes for Private Schools?

The Ministry of Education submitted a draft law regulating various issues, which are going to be discussed in the Parliament later this week. It is with great pleasure we find among others, the Article 7, in particular the paragraph 5 stating: In Paragraph 1, Article 1B of the Greek Citizenship Code (l. 3284/2004 -A217), as this article was inserted by the section 1A of the […]

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What is going on with the citizenship issue?!

What is going on with the citizenship issue?!

Nowadays that the whole Greece is making 10 posts per day with Giannis Antetokounmpo #NBAvote and words like im/migrant, second generation and refugee are considered very trendy, we have to deal once more with the never ending issue of citizenship. On one hand, we have an article sweeping all over the media and is shared on the speed of light, the personal story of Mihalis, […]

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Hidden Away with the Suitcases       

Hidden Away with the Suitcases       

By Nataliya R. I was born in 1987 in Symi, Ukraine, to my mother, who was a social historian and my father, who was a taxman. A few years later the Soviet Union collapsed. All the academics lost their jobs because they were supposedly undermining the new regime. So, in 1993, my mother took me and my brother and moved far away from an abusive […]

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Equal obligations, unequal rights

Equal obligations, unequal rights

The migration code (l. 4251/2014) includes the Article 21, titled “Common rights for third-country citizens”. In this article, paragraph 2 explicitly states that “… third-country citizens legally residing in Greece are insured in the same social insurance organizations and have the same social security rights as national citizens”. Well said, since under the social insurance equality, equal social contributions of legal workers in Greece should […]

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“No, we don’t sign on the flag!”

“No, we don’t sign on the flag!”

Scene 1 – Take No345. The episode of Citizenship in the series “The cumbersome system of Greece” has been screened thousands of times in the Greek media, maybe even more than an episode of FRIENDS on national TV. Since it was still called Second Generation and functioning as an informal group, Generation 2.0 was trying to promote equality, respect for diversity and the access to […]

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“A child who receives Greek education and excels, obviously becomes Greek and has the right to raise the Greek flag” we say goodbye to Kostis Stefanopoulos

“A child who receives Greek education and excels, obviously becomes Greek and has the right to raise the Greek flag” we say goodbye to Kostis Stefanopoulos

A great man and politician passed away at the age of 90, on Sunday, November 20th. Everyone talks about an exceptional and selfless personality who, even though coming from the conservative right party, he always stayed objective and never avoided to take responsibility of his own words. He fought in every chance he got the objective truth and reality, and that is why politicians praise […]

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Because I wasn’t a Kid, I was a Foreigner

Because I wasn’t a Kid, I was a Foreigner

By Ganna Milenko A knock on the door of the classroom. The teachers stops the lesson. All eyes on the door that opens. The Vice Principal stands by the door with a A4 paper on hand. He apologizes to the teacher and takes a formal look. “The foreigners, please, stand and follow me”, he says with a loud and steady voice, as if we are […]

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Details on Greek citizenship’s applications until 30.9.2016

Details on Greek citizenship’s applications until 30.9.2016

According to data given by the Office of the Secretary General of Migration Policy, quantitative data are presented about the approvals of the acquisition of Greek citizenship: a) under the law 3838/2010 (Ragousi Law) and b) under the law 4332/2015 (due to birth or school attendance) for Greece and Attica respectively. Under the law 3838/2010 (Ragousi Law) Concerning the requests during the former legal status, […]

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Citizenship | Immigration Ministry’s announcement about the “New” Law

Citizenship | Immigration Ministry’s announcement about the “New” Law

On July 4th, 2016, the Ministry of Immigration made an announcement claiming that the procedure granting citizenship to the second generation according to the law 4332/15 is moving fast. According to the official data, the first year of its implementation, 27.720 children and young men and women were able to submit their application, out of which, 6.029 were processed. It is our duty to clarify […]

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Citizenship: Meeting with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs

Citizenship: Meeting with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs

Generation 2.0 RED is systematically monitoring the new law on citizenship and the reasons for the delay of its implementation. On Monday, March 28th, we met the General Secretary of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs, Vassilis Papadopoulos, to set the basic problems we have detected and are summarized as follows: Significant delay in issuing the criminal record from the Ministry of Justice (up to six […]

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Repeating the Greek Citizenship Story

Repeating the Greek Citizenship Story

By Dora Vangi & Nikos Odubitan In July 2015, the Law 4332/15 was voted, amending the Citizenship Code, and coming to fill in the legal vacuum caused by the abolition of the law 3838/10, securing the right to Greek citizenship for the second generation, meaning children of migrants who were born and/or raised in Greece. Without a doubt, that was its goal. However, still today, […]

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Generation 2.0 RED on the Radio of Solidarity!

Generation 2.0 RED on the Radio of Solidarity!

In 2015, every Tuesday at 20.00 in www.portokaliradio.gr, the radio that gives color and voice in solidarity, Lina Bakalexi and Dora Vangi hosted artists and personalities active in the field of human rights, structures, civil initiatives and organizations dealing with social issues! The G2RADIO informed on a weekly basis about solidarity actions in the city with music of the world and guests who created a […]

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Equal Citizens Campaign

Equal Citizens Campaign

The law 4332/15 was voted in July of 2015 and amends the citizenship Code, while giving the right to the acquisition of the Greek citizenship to immigrants’ offsprings who have attended Greek schools or were born in Greece. This Code is the result of a longterm campaign which first started on 2006, and resulted in the vote on L.3838 (aka Ragousis Law) on 2010. The […]

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“Your Vote Can Unite” Campaign

“Your Vote Can Unite” Campaign

Your Vote Can Unite was a Paneuropean campaign to raise awareness to European voters regarding the rising danger of far right parties and politics after the European elections of 2014. Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity was the national coordinator of this campaign in Greece, which was really important, given the fact that a lot of our members did not have the right to vote. […]

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We Celebrate – We Claim: Citizenship for All Kids! | July 24, 2015

We Celebrate – We Claim: Citizenship for All Kids! | July 24, 2015

On the occasion of the passing bill on Citizenship, on June 24, 2015, anti-racist organizations and migrant communities organized a concert under the slogan “We Celebrate – We Claim: Citizenship for All Kids!”. With the forthcoming, at the time, passing of the bill on Citizenship, tens of thousands of children were soon to be recognized as citizens of the country where they were born, raised […]

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Antifascist Festival of Performing Arts

Antifascist Festival of Performing Arts

The Antifascist Festival of Performing Arts was organized in 2013 for the very first time and it is an artists’ initiative with a strong desire to act against the fascist formations that threaten not only the Greek society but the whole Europe as well. Denying that art has nothing to do with the society that creates it, their goal is to create a platform for […]

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The meaning of integration for the Government according to the National Strategy for the incorporation of third-country citizens in 2013

The meaning of integration for the Government according to the National Strategy for the incorporation of third-country citizens in 2013

By Andromachi Papaioannou In April 2013, the National Strategy for the integration of third-country citizens, which replaced the National Strategy of 2011, was published in the Ministry of Interior. Comparing the two strategies someone can easily understand the complete different perspective on the meaning of integration in an institutional level. “Integration is a dynamic, a two-way process of mutual adaptation of both immigrants and citizens […]

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Regarding the Migration and Social Integration Code

Regarding the Migration and Social Integration Code

The Migration and Social Integration Code, which brings together the current existing legislation, will be submitted to the Parliament on the 11th of March. Although the above mentioned Code is an attempt to solve anachronistic issues faced by foreigners in Greece, there is an evident absence of any holistic approach or resolution of these issues. It introduces some innovations (gives access to the second generation […]

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The Global Generation Party @ ROMANTSO BIOS!     

The Global Generation Party @ ROMANTSO BIOS!     

To support all together the “Equal Citizens” campaign in a different way! Yinka and the Fuzics Adedeji & The Neo Yoruba People Lady Faye The Tripping Joint Dj Santoner Rpz We will be waiting for you! *ROMANTSO will give part of the revenue of the bar for the cause of the organization* Find our event on Facebook here. View photos from the event here.

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Antonis Samaras’ Statements on Immigration

Antonis Samaras’ Statements on Immigration

Following the fear-mongering statements by the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in his pre-election speeches in Evros (05/01/2015) and Chalkida (07/01/2015) against “smuggled migrants” and granting Greek citizenship, we have discovered that: He refuses to comprehend the difference between the term “refugee” and “immigrant”, while deliberately using the derogatory term “smuggled migrant” rather than the correct terms “irregular migrant” or “undocumented migrant”. At the same time, […]

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Intercultural Mediation, Interpretation and Consultation at the Decentralized Services

Intercultural Mediation, Interpretation and Consultation at the Decentralized Services

One of Generation 2.0 RED’s most important actions on the field, was the work offered at the Decentralized Services. On January 1st, 2014, all the services issuing and renewing residence permits for immigrants in Greece were shared from 66 municipalities to 4 Immigration Offices (IO) in the Decentralized Services in Attica. As a result, IO A’ was serving more than 60.000 foreigners. Daily, 500 to […]

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Anna’s story, exactly how she sent it to us

Anna’s story, exactly how she sent it to us

Another child of immigrant origins that has gone to Greek school and graduated Greek University but still has no access to the labor market in her studies sector, not because she does not have the necessary skills, but because she does not have the Greek citizenship. “I am Anna from Thessaloniki, I come from Albania and I have been living in Greece for 18 years […]

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New Generation of European Citizens | May 9, 2014

New Generation of European Citizens | May 9, 2014

The Cosmo-Culture Cultural Organization and Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity, in cooperation with the Europe Direct Information Centre of Athens organized an event for Europe Day on Friday, May 9, 2014 at  “CAFÉ EU- TOPIA” on: “New Generation of European Citizens: Issues of European and Greek Citizenship” Program: Roundtable on “New Generation of European Citizens: Issues of European and Greek Citizenship”. Interactive debate […]

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Equal Citizens | Interview with Bryan

Equal Citizens | Interview with Bryan

My name is Yohana Bryan, I am Assyrian and Ι was born on the 10th of August, 1984, in Tehran. My parents took the decision to leave the country since it was involved in a conflict with Iraq, plus the regime was theocratic (Islamic),thus opposing “infidels”. On the 11th of March 1987 we acquired the much-desired visa and came to Greece. I was two-and-a half […]

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Equal Citizens | Interview with Sarah

Equal Citizens | Interview with Sarah

What does Greek citizenship mean to you? To be Greek? For me, to have a Greek citizenship means that my rights are recognized as a citizen of the Greek society, not only because I was born and I live here, but because I have the Greek education. What does the country of your parents mean to you? I consider the country of my parents as […]

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Equally Athenians, Equally Greeks | March 1, 2014

Equally Athenians, Equally Greeks | March 1, 2014

About 200,000 young people born and / or raised in Greece do not have the rights that other citizens take for granted. The young people with immigrant origin or the second generation as they are called, have spent their whole or almost whole lives here. This is the place they know as home and Greek is for them the language they speak best. They are […]

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Generation 2.0 Christmas Fundraiser Party!      

Generation 2.0 Christmas Fundraiser Party!      

Come and share your Christmas spirit with us at our “Generation 2.0 Christmas Fundraiser Party” on Monday, December 23 2013, at 22:30! We are raising funds to support our campaign to gain equal rights for everyone of migrant descent who is born and raised in Greece. Join us for a night of dancing to live performances by MC Yinka Lady Faye Golden Stone Unique DJ […]

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Council of State’s decision regarding the unconstitutionality of law 3838

Council of State’s decision regarding the unconstitutionality of law 3838

On Tuesday the 5th of February 2013 the Council of State’s decision was published, which was first leaked to the press on the November 13th, 2012. The Council of State judged as unconstitutional the provisions of the law 3838. According to the Council of State’s provision, the majority of the Council’s members decided as a perquisite for the Greek citizenship acquisition the awareness of the […]

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Generation 2.0 Festival at the AGORA | 4th Athens Biennale!

Generation 2.0 Festival at the AGORA | 4th Athens Biennale!

On Sunday the 20th of October 2013, in the 4th Biennale of Athens, Generation 2.0 in collaboration with the School Up, organized a day full of workshops, actions, discussions, food and music from the second generation youngsters with various groups, artists, professors, experts and activists. Watch the live video from that day here! AGORA 4th Athens Biennale 2013 Program 12:00-13:00 Presentation of the Generation 2.0 […]

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Samara’s Theater: Conditional Citizenship | A Critical Stand

Samara’s Theater: Conditional Citizenship | A Critical Stand

By Joan van Geel Last June, Samaras was proudly showing off his generosity. Although Giannis Adetokounbo was already granted citizenship behind the scenes, Samaras saw his chance for a classical political trick. While surrounded by cameras, Samaras pretended to give Giannis his desired citizenship from his hands personally. Meanwhile, he extensively complimented Giannis for his extraordinary basketball performances, a sport so popular throughout Greece. Samaras emphasized how proud Greeks should be […]

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“Thee Greek education” and the hypocrisy of the State

“Thee Greek education” and the hypocrisy of the State

By Nikos Deji Odubitan & Andromacha Papaioannou * The artcicle was published at Protagon In the end, to become Greek, one needs more than just to be born or raised in Greece. What we all realized a month ago was that to become Greek, one needs to get (at least) in the NBA draft. Because, apparently, everything else is just not enough. Having finished school […]

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Petition for the Right to Citizenship

Petition for the Right to Citizenship

About 200.000 young people were born and raised in Greece to migrant parents. This kids have no homeland since they remain unrecognized by the Greek state, which refuses to grant them citizenship. Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity is the answer to all those who believe that young people with migrant origins are not Greek or/and are very different from Greek kids. The organization […]

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What about Second Generation Migrants?

What about Second Generation Migrants?

By Joan van Geel In 2007, I visited Vietnam, accompanying my beloved friend Tuyet-Bang. We had been close for a long time and she invited me to join her on her annual visit to her family, which included her grandma and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. It was a unique chance to discover Vietnam in such an intimate sphere of this hospitable family. Seeing […]

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I want to be whatever I choose to be

I want to be whatever I choose to be

By Nikos Odubitan My parents came in Greece from Lagos of Nigeria in the late 1970s to study. My father studied law and my mother economics. I was born in 1981 in Athens. I was brought up and went to school in Patisia. My parents thought school was of great importance. They wanted me to definitely go to university and study like they did. I […]

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Greek or Citizen?

Greek or Citizen?

The Hellenic Council of State, “Hellenism” and the Second Generation By Andromahi Papaioannou Since November 2012 we know that the Hellenic Council of State considered the 3838 Law as unconstitutional. But I did not expect that the unconstitutionality would be based on the arguments that I read on the Decision. I really thought that the majority of the judges would be able to separate the […]

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The Invisible Children | Second Generation’s Problems in Greece

The Invisible Children | Second Generation’s Problems in Greece

By Andromacha Papaioannou When I was asking “What is the biggest problem that second generation youngsters face in Greece?” most people would ask back “Who are these people? What does the term second generation mean?”. When I started explaining that this term concerns the children of immigrants who have been born or arrived in Greece at an early age, most of them were looking at […]

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The “Unconstitutional Innovations” of the law 3838/2010

The “Unconstitutional Innovations” of the law 3838/2010

By Olga Eleftheriou For a few months now, through “leaks”, we heard that the law 3838/2010 was considered unconstitutional on the 2 innovations it proposed. The first one was the right to vote and be voted (for positions of municipal counselors) in the local elections for specific categories of third-country citizens, who live legally in the country, and their homogeneous. The second innovation was the […]

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I, the “illegal immigrant” (!) 

I, the “illegal immigrant” (!) 

By Nikos Odubitan Sometimes I wonder how would my life be if my parents were not migrants. If I was not a “2nd generation” child, as they call us, like we are so different that a new special category was needed to be made for us. However, the point is, that even if I do not feel different, the world around me is constantly reminding […]

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“Illegal Immigrants”… Born in Greece (!)

“Illegal Immigrants”… Born in Greece (!)

By Andromaca Papaioannou Τhe Greek Forum of Migrants in cooperation with the Refugees Integration Council of Athens Municipality, with the support of the Greek Branch of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR GREECE), on Thursday 20 of December 2012 organized a meeting entitled “Bridging the gap. From legal residence to citizenship”. The aim of the meeting was the presentation of a new integration model for […]

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