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Challenges to immigrant associations and NGOs in contemporary Greece


  • Apostolos G. Papadopoulos

    (Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens, El. Venizelou 70, Athens, 17671, Greece)

  • Christos Chalkias

    (Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens, El. Venizelou 70, Athens, 17671, Greece)

  • Loukia-Maria Fratsea

    (Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens, El. Venizelou 70, Athens, 17671, Greece)


The paper explores the challenges faced today, in a context of severe economic crisis, by immigrant associations (IMAs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Greece. The data analysed here was collected between October 2009 and February 2010 and incorporates references to all recorded migration-related social actors operating in Greece. The paper takes into account such indicators as legal form, objectives, financial capacity and geographical range of activity, concluding with a typology of civil society actors dealing with migration issues. This study aims at informing the migration policy-making and migrant integration processes. By a spatial hot-spot clustering of IMAs and NGOs, we also illustrate the concentration patterns of civil society actors in Greece.

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  • Apostolos G. Papadopoulos & Christos Chalkias & Loukia-Maria Fratsea, 2013. "Challenges to immigrant associations and NGOs in contemporary Greece," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 10(3), pages 342-358, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:10:y:2013:i:3:p:342-358

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