Manoeuvring between Economic Crisis, Refugees and Statelessness in Greece

London, United Kingdom

5 December 2017


Dr Mariangela Veikou

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente, The Netherlands


Dr Spyros Economides
Hellenic Observatory Director; Associate Professor, International Relations and European Politics


Tuesday, 5 December 2017


CaƱada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House

European Institute, LSE



The last years have seen an increasing interest in the topic of asylum across Europe and the role of Greece, as a first entry state, in EU asylum procedure, especially since the country is under an acute economic crisis. The dilemmas facing Greece with immigration politics and asylum are becoming widely known within Europe. There are a lot of valid comments about how asylum and immigration politics in the country appear torn between international commitments to provide asylum, local public opinion deemed hostile to immigrants/ refugees, and a critical economic situation of reluctance to provide any extension of welfare benefits and rights. Against this general background, it is interesting to explore the effect the economic crisis has on the recent developments of the asylum policy in Greece and to pay special attention on the asylum procedure, effectiveness and impact especially in relation to the status of statelessness of asylum seekers. This is a matter of inquiry confronted with many conceptual difficulties which further gained importance because the state, due to the rhetoric on crisis, tends to overlook the issue of statelessness putting the focus on citizens. The main therefore question is to examine the changing asylum system in Greece with a particular focus on how the organization of the asylum regime may have been affected by the economic crisis, and to offer a critical perspective on the grey zone of the contested status of stateless persons as a result of these dynamics.

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