Divided in Unity?
The Changing Influx of Asylum Seekers
between 2014-2016 in Greece
and the EU Member States’ Societies Disunity due to the Impact of the Migration and Refugee Crisis
He has taught at the Department of Sociology of the University of Crete
(2017-18, NSRF Scholarship), at the Department of Social Administration and Political Science
of the Democritus University (2017-18), at the Department of Social Work at the TEI of Athens (2016-18, 2014-15), at the Department of Sociology of the National School of Public Health (2017-18), at the Department of Hellenic Studies at the Hellenic Open University (2017-18)
and in other academic institutions. Email:
What are the changes in the influx of asylum seekers in Greece? Has the “refugee and migration crisis” exposed a deep divide in the European Union? Greece is the main entry point in Europe for almost a million asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants seeking security and refuge for themselves and their families. The unprecedented refugee and migrant flows of 2015 coupled with the movement of the migratory route that comes to Greece from Turkey has put an enormous test on Greece’s already overstressed asylum system and has illuminated the weaknesses and difficulties of handling the dramatic rise of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants and the coverage of their humanitarian needs. The article provides an overview of the situation between 2014-2016 in Greece as well as examines the impact of the “refugee and migration crisis” on the unity of the EU Member States’ societies.