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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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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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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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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What does it practically mean to not have Greek citizenship? Or to be stateless?

What does it practically mean to not have Greek citizenship? Or to be stateless?

What does it mean for a person born and raised in Greece to not have Greek citizenship? No birth certificate. Only children of Greek citizens have the “right” of a birth certificate. No Greek Identity card. The official document proving his identity is the passport. No political rights. Meaning no right to vote and stand in local, national or European elections. One cannot study easily […]

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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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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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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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