Eleven Myths And Even More Truths. Publication of the RLS Office in Greece.
We have repeatedly heard this and much more in the form of statements and not questions. But as deeply as they might be embedded in the public opinion, the above stereotypes prove to be tenuous: a level-headed review shows that not only they are dangerous (as they are often associated with extreme right-wing schools of thought), but they also do not correspond with the truth.
For at least twenty years, the migration issue in Greece is an issue which has been permanently coming to the forefront in different guises, taking up a central spot in public discussions. Those discussions are mostly dominated by distorted notions, while true facts are obscured, as migration is an issue that is instrumentalised by politics and exploited by the media. The actions of the main representatives of mass media and systematic interventions by the extreme right have led to the creation of social myths and at times even of situations of “moral panic”, which makes it more and more difficult to comprehend the phenomenon’s complexity and of course address it in a sober manner.
Vassilis Papastergiou is a lawyer in Athens. He studied law at the University of Athens. He did postgraduate studies on European Community law and criminology (University of Leicester and Panteion University). He is a member of the Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees.
Eleni Takou studied communication and political science (University of Athens and Panteion University) and philosophy (University Paris X – Nanterre). She is a member of the Hellenic League for Human Rights and assistant coordinator for the Racist Violence Recording Network.
Migration In Greece. Eleven Myths And Even More Truths.
Authors: Vassilis Papastergiou, Eleni Takou
Published by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Office in Greece – Brussels Office
Athens/Brussels, June 2014