E.g., 06/07/2021
E.g., 06/07/2021
Country Resource - Greece

Greece

GR
  • Population..................................................................... 10,569,703 (July 2021 est.)
  • Population growth rate ............................................................. -0.34% (2021 est.)
  • Birth rate................................................... 7.72 births/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Death rate................................................ 12.05 deaths/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Net migration rate............................... 0.97 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Ethnic groups*...................................... Greek 91.6%, Albanian 4.4%, other 4% (2011)

* Data represent citizenship; Greece does not collect data on ethnicity

CIA World Factbook

Once known for large-scale emigration, Greece has become the main point of entry for unauthorized migrants heading toward Europe. The country must now — amid economic turmoil — grapple with issues related to its highly porous borders, mounting asylum applications, and inadequate immigrant-detention system.

Recent Activity

The U.S. and Australian governments have long grappled with unwanted entries by unauthorized migrants and would-be asylum seekers. Both nations undertook efforts in 2012 to reform immigration detention policies and procedures that have generated significant scrutiny and criticism.

Once known for large-scale emigration, Greece has become the main point of entry for unauthorized migrants heading toward Europe. The country must now — amid economic turmoil — grapple with issues related to its highly porous borders, mounting asylum applications, and inadequate immigrant-detention system.

When there's a will, there's a way — migrants seeking illegal entry have proven the old proverb true countless times as they and their smugglers have adapted to enforcement strategies. The latest development in the cat-and-mouse game comes not from the United States, but from Europe.

Only recently have European politicians and public opinion leaders talked about the need to focus on the integration of immigrants and their children.

With fewer natives working in agriculture in Southern Europe, migrants from the Balkans, Africa, and Asia are filling the gaps. Charalambos Kasimis of the Agricultural University of Athens reports.

Martin Baldwin-Edwards of Panteion University examines new trends in the long-established phenomenon of migration within the Mediterranean basin.

gr map
Greece, once known for outward migration, has become a receiver of migrants and a permanent immigrant destination according to Charalambos Kasimis and Chryssa Kassimi.

Pages