Greek migration policy and the response to irregular migrants and asylum seekers
Author: Caitlin Katsiaficas
Date Published: 15.12.14
The formidable challenges of decreasing backlogs, providing the appropriate services and protection, and other measures necessary to form an effective migration policy are further complicated by the current economic and political context. As budgets decrease due to the prolonged financial crisis, the numbers of migrants arriving in Europe continue to increase, as does anti-immigrant sentiment. In this challenging climate, it is more difficult to develop the capacity and political will to cope with the influx of migrants. Furthermore, external factors beyond Greece’s control, particularly international political events, have proven themselves to
impact Greek society considerably via migration flows.