Let Crete become the rule, not the exception

Let Crete become the rule, not the exception

Keeping in mind all the obstacles that have emerged during the implementation of the latest law on citizenship, the news regarding the number of positive citizenship decisions in Crete are really pleasant.Unavoidably, they are also alarming, given the fact that Crete is the exception and not the general rule. We are referring of course to the 3.500 applications that have been submitted last year alone […]

Read More

Report to The Greek Ombudsman for Discrimination in Social Security Rights

Report to The Greek Ombudsman for Discrimination in Social Security Rights

A month ago, Generation 2.0 RED published an article on the discrimination against third-country citizens who live, work and fulfill their obligations towards the Greek state, but do not have equal social insurance rights with their fellow citizens. Today, together with the organization Solidarity Now, we filed a report to The Greek Ombudsman, as this discrimination against citizens who pay equal insurance contributions with the […]

Read More

Citizenship’s Office & Reformation: Update from the Ministry of Interior

Citizenship’s Office & Reformation: Update from the Ministry of Interior

Generation 2.0, knowing the concerns raised regarding the delay of the approvals for Greek citizenship, combined with the recent reformation and separation of the Citizenship Office from the Ministry of Immigration Policy, sought information from the Ministry of Interior about the future of the Citizenship Office. As a reminder, on the beginning of December we met with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, who […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

“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 […]

Read More

Meeting with the Ministry’s of Interior GS about the citizenship issue

Meeting with the Ministry’s of Interior GS about the citizenship issue

On Wednesday the 7th of December 2016, after the reformation and the definite separation of the Citizenship Office and the Ministry of Migration Policy, Generation 2.0 RED had a meeting with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Constantino Nikolao Poulakis. Regarding the concerns that have appeared about the administrative changes and the delays, he commented that they still haven’t figured out who is […]

Read More

Mouzalas’ New Statements about Citizenship

Mouzalas’ New Statements about Citizenship

A brief reference to the issue of citizenship was made by the Minister of Migration Policy, Yannis Mouzalas, in an interview he gave to ANA-MPA. Once again it was all about vague statements, which remain unanswered and intensify the feeling of insecurity that prevails in the lives of at least 100,000 children who are still waiting to get the right they deserve. Specifically, when he […]

Read More

There is a New Ministry of Migration Policy

There is a New Ministry of Migration Policy

The stormy history of migration policy in the Greek system seems to be a standard practice of errors and a sloppy approach, without an established common tactic and organization. When the asylum and reception services were established, went under the supervision of the Ministry of Citizen’s Protection instead of the Ministry of Interior, and they began their function after two years after, without adequate mechanisms […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

Amendment on the Greek Citizenship Code

Amendment on the Greek Citizenship Code

Ensuring that every child who was born and / or raised in Greece is considered a Greek Citizen is an ongoing goal for Generation 2.0 RED. Equal Citizens with access to the same rights and obligations, regardless of their parents’ origins. The amendment on Citizenship published Thursday, May 14th 2015, comes to fill the legal vacuum that has existed since February 2013, when the Council […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

“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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More