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Greek History & Culture Seminars: Prof. Gonda Van Steen explores the “Silent Migration” of Greek children

Professor Gonda Van Steen from the King’s College London will illuminate a significant but often overlooked aspect of Greek history in her upcoming online lecture. Titled “Children of the ‘Silent Migration’: Child Adoptions from Greece to Countries Overseas in the 1950s-1960s,” the lecture will take place on Thursday 27 June at 7 pm and will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Dozens of illegal migrants caught off western coasts

Turkish authorities have apprehended dozens of illegal migrants in the Aegean Sea, including those reportedly pushed back by Greece, officials said on June 23.

Early on June 21, the Coast Guard Command intercepted a rubber boat carrying 16 illegal migrants, including one child, off the coast of Muğla's Bodrum district.

Albanian integration and acceptance in Greece

It is hard to imagine everyday life in Greece without them; people with Albanian roots perform essential work for many day-to-day services, especially in the skilled trades. Their relationship with the majority Greek population has seen ups and downs.

Two men arrested for migrant’s murder in refugee camp

Two men were arrested on Saturday over the murder of a migrant inside a refugee camp in central Greece.

Both the suspects and the victim were living in the Ritsona refugee camp, the police said. 

Migration flows at highest since 2019

After a relative lull in recent years, migratory flows in 2024 have already increased significantly in the first months of 2024, mainly through the Evros border region in northeastern Greece, but also the Greek islands.

According to data from the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, in the first quarter of 2024, these represent the highest migration flows since 2019.

Primary surplus reached €1.6 bln in January-May

Greece's primary budget surplus stood at 1.6 billion euros in the five-month period January-May compared to €2.9 billion in the same period last year.

According to the Bank of Greece, the central government cash balance recorded a deficit of €537 million compared to a deficit of €1.92 billion in the corresponding period of 2023.

Three bodies found near migrant shipwreck off Greece

Three bodies have been recovered near the site of a migrant shipwreck between Italy and Greece from which more than 60 people were reported missing, a spokesperson for the Italian coast guard said on Tuesday.

Measures to expand workforce

The labor force in Greece could rise by 398,000 people if participation in it in the 15-74 age group was equal to the EU average. The government is considering measures focusing on four population categories with comparatively low participation, including:

• Making it mandatory for large companies (over 250 employees) to set up nurseries or subsidize parents for nursery care.

Greeks’ soaring grocery bills

Food prices have been growing at twice the rate of the average income since 2021, forcing households to either reduce consumption of basic items or to increase the percentage of their income that they allocate for food items, while cutting from elsewhere.