Tolerance and Diversity in Greece:
Mapping Racism and Discrimination in the Shadow
of the Migration/Refugee Crisis
Doctor of International and European Institutions, Panteion University;
Postdoctoral researcher, Panteion University
The article addresses the issue of tolerance and diversity in Greece, in view of the migration/refugee crisis. It examines how migration and racism interlinked over time. It further gives an overview of the current critical situation. Then, it explains how racism and migration are currently combated, emphasizing the contrasting strategies of the past and the present and their effect on the phenomena under examination. It further assesses the assertions of international organizations. Finally, it attempts to identify the responsibility for the issues raised. The main findings of this study show that on one hand Greece (government and people) despite their economic problems proved quite tolerant in view of the emergency immigrant crisis, while the state has been left abandoned by its European partners. On the other hand, those who disagree with the above idea, maintain that although important steps have been taken towards the elimination of the problem, at the same time an increase in racism/intolerance has been observed due to the crisis and further steps need to be made.