CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Communities in Greece (2016)

 

The CDRSEE project ’Communities in Greece’, funded by the Open Society Initiative in Europe, highlighted the role of the Center in issues of social inclusion. 

As Greece is a country which has changed rapidly over the past two decades. having advanced from a migrant-producing nation to a migrant-receiving one, this project recognised the importance of understanding these demographic shifts. The project worked with the Albanian immigrant population in Greece which according to the 2001 census, makes up 56% of the total migrant population in Greece. Building on these statistics, the Center recruited a team of well-known experts in social anthropology, led by Dr Ioannis Manos (Assistant Professor in the Social Anthropology Department of  Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki)  who conducted  research on access of Albanian migrants to the health, employment and education sectors in Greece, and cooperated with representatives from the Albanian community as well as local stakeholders.

The research was carried out for, and with the community – allowing the voices of individuals to be heard and giving people the opportunity to express their opinions-in a participative manner.

We believe that the innovative character of this project will contribute  to  the social integration of the Albanian Community in Greece and its results will lead to  better solutions to ongoing problems.

The results of the research were presented in Thessaloniki to the public, by the research team and the CDRSEE, on February 9th, 2016. The findings and analysis of the research are available in Greek, Albanian and English.

The project was funded by Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations.  The research team was led by Dr Ioannis Manos (Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and was composed of Dr Dora Papadopoulou (Social Researcher, PhD in Sociology); Ms Vassiliki Makrygianni (Researcher, PhD Candidate in Architecture (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)); and Mr Konstantinos Kolovos Social Researcher, Anthropologist.