Persistent Myths about Migration in Greece

The refugee flow of 2015 radically changed the terms of the public discussion about the subjects of migration and asylum. The previous dead ends of European policy were exacerbated by the large number of refugees who sought refuge and protection on European soil. Europe chose to form its policy based on numbers and not on humanity, on border security and not on human rights, on the refugees’ entrapment in the countries of first reception and not on a common distribution system, on a logic of deterrence and not on one of reception and integration.

Hence, with these changes in mind, this publication attempts to answer a series of questions, to deconstruct the myths circulated by the Greek far right, to assess the inadequacy of EU policy and to propose elements of a different policy on a European as well as on a national level, wherever that is possible.

 “Let us be honest: there is no simple solution to the migration issue; it should, however, be an issue that follows a moral compass. In that sense, and keeping in mind that migration will continue as long as the conditions that give birth to it exist  (wealth inequality, poverty, wars, climate change), it is vitally important that we seek proposals that will combine realism with fairness and the respect for human rights.” (page 78)

The previous book of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung on migration, Migration in Greece – Eleven Myths and Even More Truths, was published in 2014 and is out of stock.

The publication is free of charge. For free copies, please contact the Office in Greece: [email protected]




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