Migrations in the Margins of Europe
The Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam, together with the Free University Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute in Athens, organize an intensive winter course in collaboration with Greek universities and NGOs.
A study of migration in Greece
January 18 – January 29, 2019
The collapse of the eastern Block at the beginning of the 1990s and the larger socioeconomic transformations in Africa and Asia resulted in massive migration flows to Greece and Europe. Undoubtedly the East Mediterranean became one of the entry “gates” of Europe as its geographical position is at the margins and includes the large Aegean basin with thousands and islands that serve as mobility networks.
Within a few decades the social life in the region transformed with a large proportion of the population being immigrants who are living in the countryside or in various neighbourhoods of the capital city of Athens. In these contexts migrants are trying tactically to make their lives despite the high unemployment rate, the stigmatization and the marginalization they encounter. A major part of our seminar will focus on how immigrants experience such new conditions and how they adapt or adopt in the new cultural contexts.
More recently the flows of refugees have been intensified as a result of the wider political changes in the middle East, Asia and Africa while Europe is facing one of the most challenging periods of its contemporary history. As the idea of fortress Europe is becoming reinforced, “the entry points” in Greece have to share disproportionally.
- 5 EC, 2 weken