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Refugee Crisis and Asylum Policies in Greece and Italy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dimitris SkleparisORCiD



This is the final published version of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by EuroMeSCo, 2016.

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Southern Europe, and especially Greece and Italy, have been faced with a steady flow of refugees and migrants as a result of various conflicts in Europe’s southern neighbourhood, demographic change and lack of economic development in parts of the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as the impact of climate change. In particular, the Syrian conflict and the transformation of Libya into a failed state have led to a substantial increase in the number of incoming refugees and migrants, making the management of those flows by the Greek and Italian authorities almost impossible. This chapter aims to provide a brief history of irregular migration flows to Greece, present challenges for border management and the current situation regarding reception facilities in Greece, followed by statistics, and then analyse the asylum procedure in Greece and Italy in some detail. Finally, the chapter concludes with a number of policy recommendations.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bolani L, Gemi E, Skleparis D

Editor(s): Shteiwi, M

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Migrants and Refugees. Impact and Policies. Case Studies of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece

Year: 2016

Pages: 83-109

Print publication date: 01/09/2019

Online publication date: 10/08/2016

Acceptance date: 04/04/2016

Publisher: EuroMeSCo

Place Published: Barcelona


Notes: ISSN: 2462-4500