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2017-18 Seminar Series

Manoeuvring between Economic Crisis, Refugees and Statelessness in Greece

Speaker :

Dr Mariangela Veikou

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente, The Netherlands

Chair :

Prof Kevin Featherstone
Head of the European Institute; Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics

Date :

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Venue :

Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House

European Institute, LSE

Time : 18:00-19:30


The last years have seen an increasing interest in the topic of asylum across Europe and the role of Greece, as a first entry state, in EU asylum procedure, especially since the country is under an acute economic crisis. The dilemmas facing Greece with immigration politics and asylum are becoming widely known within Europe. There are a lot of valid comments about how asylum and immigration politics in the country appear torn between international commitments to provide asylum, local public opinion deemed hostile to immigrants/ refugees, and a critical economic situation of reluctance to provide any extension of welfare benefits and rights. Against this general background, it is interesting to explore the effect the economic crisis has on the recent developments of the asylum policy in Greece and to pay special attention on the asylum procedure, effectiveness and impact especially in relation to the status of statelessness of asylum seekers. This is a matter of inquiry confronted with many conceptual difficulties which further gained importance because the state, due to the rhetoric on crisis, tends to overlook the issue of statelessness putting the focus on citizens. The main therefore question is to examine the changing asylum system in Greece with a particular focus on how the organization of the asylum regime may have been affected by the economic crisis, and to offer a critical perspective on the grey zone of the contested status of stateless persons as a result of these dynamics.


Dr Mariangela Veikou holds a BSc in Political Science and European Studies (Panteio University, Greece), an MSc in European Studies, Law and Politics, (Katholieke Universiteit Brabant-Tilburg University, NL) and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences (European University Institute, Italy). She has had research and teaching posts at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (I), Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam (NL), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), Democritus University of Thrace (GR), University of Leicester (UK), the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (GR) on a project by the NBG Research Fellowship -Hellenic Observatory, LSE (UK). She also worked as a Chair of Asylum Appeals Committees at the Appeals Authority of the Asylum Service, Greek Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction.



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