Through other people’s opinions

Through other people’s opinions

An article by Natalia Sotiropoulos “If it wasn’t on TV, it never happened…?” Each and every one of us shapes his/her opinion based on his/her experiences, on what he/she saw, heard or read. What happens, though, when you haven’t seen, heard or read something? What happens when it comes to shaping an opinion on an issue that is currently happening? This is when the Media […]

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Choosing to Dream | “Without speaking the language we can’t build any kind of relationship”

Choosing to Dream | “Without speaking the language we can’t build any kind of relationship”

Our third interviewee for the “Choosing to Dream”column is Foroozan Amiri. Foroozan is a young woman, only 25 years old, who comes from Afghanistan. She arrived in Greece last year and has been working as a cultural mediator for some time now. But how did she make this fresh start? We will let her speak for herself. “I am currently working with Save the Children […]

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In the middle of Flanders

In the middle of Flanders

By Silvia Giulini In the middle of Flanders, in Belgium, 30 minutes from Bruxelles by train, there is a small city called Mechelen. Its beautiful main square is enclosed by small symmetrical houses and, behind some of them, the cathedral raises majestically. Although significant, there is something even more beautiful than its monuments, which makes this city unique: The fact that 138 different nationalities live […]

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A Postcard from Greece

A Postcard from Greece

By Silvia Giulini At the stroke of the 20th hour of the day, the sailors weigh anchors and the ferry starts, slowly, to glide on the sea. Next to me Abdullah, a young Afghan guy, smiles. He turns towards me and tells me, almost in confidence, “I don’t want to see Lesvos at least for the next five years. I hate it”. In front of […]

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Refugees skate their way from the camps to the center of Athens!

Refugees skate their way from the camps to the center of Athens!

By Rosie Fly Meet Alex. Alex is the owner of the Ministry of Concrete in Athens. Some time ago, the shop was about to close and an old stock went for sale. Fortunately for us, things changed, the shop stayed open and got transferred in the center of Athens (Axarlian Dionisiou 3, Syntagma). So, Alex, apart from an honest  businessman (honest businessman = someone who […]

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Choosing to Dream | “We must never stop fighting!”

Choosing to Dream | “We must never stop fighting!”

Mr. Mahmoud is 63 years old and Bangladesh is his country of origin. He has been living in Greece for more than 20 years and he sets the example of a person who has not only faced efficiently the difficulties that came his way, but he also made good use of the opportunity he saw. Always with his backpack, after having handed out his CV […]

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Diversity on a witch-hunt

Diversity on a witch-hunt

By Natalia Sotiropoulos A few days now, articles about the fierce prosecution of the homosexuals in Chechnya are all over the internet. As the independent Russian newspaper Novoya Gazeta states, homosexuals are being prosecuted, arrested and imprisoned. There have been denounced tortures and murders, as well as the existence of a concentration camp for homosexuals. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm all these facts, because the government […]

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20th of March, one year exactly after the Deal of the EU with Turkey

20th of March, one year exactly after the Deal of the EU with Turkey

By Silvia Giulini Photo by Abdulazez Dukhan, Through Refugees Eyes On the 20th of March 2016, exactly one year ago, the EU-Turkey Deal started to be applied. I was 24 and a few weeks before the signing of the Deal, I started my post graduated internship at Generation 2.0. It was my first time living abroad and I was finally working in a place where […]

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Choosing to Dream | “Hard Work Never Fails!”

Choosing to Dream | “Hard Work Never Fails!”

We launch a series of narratives concerning individuals who made a fresh start in Greece. They share their story with us, along with the difficulties they had to face, but also the new opportunities they took advantage of. Our first interviewee is Mawhib, 34, from Eritrea. He has now been living for 9 months in Greece and has been granted the refugee status. “I work […]

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How many more lives are going to slip through our hands before we talk about Moria?

How many more lives are going to slip through our hands before we talk about Moria?

It’s not long since we last spoke about the safety gaps in the camps, specially the one in Moria. The media talk about “unfortunate incidents” and “individual events”, but the truth is nowhere near these statements. When the tents in the camp of Moria were completely covered in snow and destroyed, topical media talked about policemen that did not let anyone inside nor outside of […]

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2017 is only a few hours away

2017 is only a few hours away

* Photo by Abdulazez Dukhan, Through Refugee Eyes New year’s eve is just around the corner, people are counting backwards the hours left, running to buy last minute gifts, the atmosphere is festive, children are happy cause of the snow, everyone is tightening their scarves, some hate Christmas and stay at home, others enjoy the holiday spirit, these magical days, the hugs, the kisses, the […]

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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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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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“I love you Athena!”

“I love you Athena!”

The message of a young refugee leaving Athens “Well, here we are it is my last hours in Greece, Holly Greece, I really don’t know how to thank you and your people, for everything you gave to me: Love, adventures, good company, and for helping me to Rebuild my personality. Athens I am so sorry cuz I am leaving, you are my 2nd home I’ll […]

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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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One More Typical Day in the Office of Generation 2.0 RED 

One More Typical Day in the Office of Generation 2.0 RED 

By Melina Kalfandi & Dora Vangi 30 people were gathered in the offices of Generation 2.0 RED, a space within 30m2, to use computers and internet provided for free to communicate with the Asylum Agency and get that hot-shot interview for international protection. The procedure is this: for every language and country of origin, there are specific hours to make an appointment through skype, one […]

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Young People and Hate Speech? We should blame everyone else but them

Young People and Hate Speech? We should blame everyone else but them

By Dora Vangi …And in Lifo we read “1st, LOL”. Where does this LOL come from? We can only feel sadness can we feel about what we just watched and it should be published, not for targeting this guy as a racist – we are sure that he expressed himself in that way due to ignorance – neither for the “irony” of this incident, but […]

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Civil Partnership & Moral Panic    

Civil Partnership & Moral Panic    

An article by Vassilis Gerasopoulos, a Criminology postgraduate student in Utrecht From the moment the civil partnership was voted, I am experiencing – in lack of a more fitting term– internal conflict. A voice in my head (the most realistic – or, perhaps, the most pessimistic) tells me that there is no reason for celebrating a legislation that has been unreasonably delayed and which, when […]

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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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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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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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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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Hate Speech

Hate Speech

By Andriana Mardaki, Lawyer Many times, while searching information that interests me on the Internet, I see that what is more interesting, are the comments that accompany the articles or the opinion of the author. I also note that the more I read them the more I forget the original text, which was after all the main reason that attracted me to read them. The same […]

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Personal thoughts

Personal thoughts

By Eleuteriou Olga & Fani K. The following thoughts are sincere and spontaneous, appropriate for each active and integral part of the Modern Greek society. However, it is about deeper personal speculations of a researcher and a philologist who both shared from a young age common moments, values and goals. The law of citizenship was held to be unconstitutional and since then much has been […]

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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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