The Migration/Refugee Crisis and the (Un/Re) Making of Europe: Risks and Challenges for Greece

Author
Dimitris Keridis
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Uluslararasi Iliskiler
Volume
15
Issue Number
58
Publication Date
Summer 2018
Institution
International Relations Council of Turkey (UİK-IRCT)
Abstract
The migration and refugee crisis that erupted in 2015 landed recession riven Greece with a series of humanitarian, political, social, and financial as well as foreign policy and security challenges. Following a near disastrous open-borders policy steeped in leftist ideological parochialism, Athens aligned itself closely with Germany in support of the EU-Turkey deal that drastically reduced the human flows from Turkey into the EU and invited NATO naval forces to help monitor the implementation of the agreement. This paper is structured around two parts: the first part describes the immigration and refugee crisis itself, from a global, European and national-Greek perspective; the second part analyzes the risks to and policy responses of Greece and how they relate to the country’s overall geostrategic position, at a time when Europe is being redefined as it struggles to respond to a multitude of challenges.
Topic
NATO, Economics, Migration, Refugees
Political Geography
Europe, Turkey, Greece