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The Economic Impact of Immigration in Greece: Taking Stock of the Existing Evidence

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  • Cholezas, Ioannis

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    (University of Peloponnese)

  • Tsakloglou, Panos

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    (Athens University of Economics and Business)

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Greece was traditionally an emigration country. However, since the early 1990s it became an immigrant destination and nowadays up to a tenth of the population are immigrants, mainly from neighbouring Balkan countries and, especially, Albania. This large scale immigration within a short time period had important social, as well as, economic consequences. The paper reviews the existing evidence and concludes that on average the economic effects of immigration were beneficial, although their distributional consequences were adverse. Greek immigration policy was haphazard and more efforts are needed in order to integrate the immigrants in the economic and social fabric of the country.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3754.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 2009, 9 (1-2), 77-104
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Cited by:
  1. Drydakis, Nick, 2012. "The Effect of Ethnic Identity on the Employment of Immigrants," IZA Discussion Papers 6314, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Drydakis, Nick, 2011. "Ethnic Identity and Immigrants' Wages in Greece," IZA Discussion Papers 6078, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Chletsos, Michael & Roupakias, Stelios, 2012. "Immigration, Unemployment and Growth: Empirical Evidence from Greece," MPRA Paper 39861, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Chletsos, Michael & Roupakias, Stelios, 2012. "The impact of immigration on the greek labor market," MPRA Paper 39872, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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