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Albanian immigrants in Greece: from unwanted to tolerated?

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Adamczyk, Artur

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Abstract The main objective of this article is to present the way attitudes towards Albanian people and the perception of them has changed in Greece. The Albanians came to Greece following the collapse of the Communist bloc at the beginning of the 1990s. Within time it transpired that it was a mass immigration of approximately 500,000 people. Greece was not prepared for such an enormous influx of foreigners and failed to initiate an effective migration policy. The initial reactions of the Greek politicians, media, and society were negative. Social feelings, however, began to turn in the first decade of the XX century. Albanians ceased to be stigmatized as a threat and started to be perceived in a positive way through the prism of the demands of the Greek economy. The economic and migration crisis, however, lead to the reappearance of a xenophobic mood among the Greeks.
Keywords Albanian; migrant; immigration; Greece; migration policy; assimilation; xenophobia
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 49-59
Journal Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 2 (2016) 1
ISSN 1857-9760
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution