The MIDAS Research Project Assessing the Cost Effectiveness of Irregular Migration Control Policies in Greece (MIDAS) Irregular migration policies in Greece are understood primarily in terms of control and deterrence. Over recent years, extensive operations both in the interior and at the borders of the Greek territory have aimed at arresting the “trespassers” and – with the exception of asylum seekers – returning them to their country of origin, as well as discouraging newcomers in the long term. Amidst rising concerns over both the legitimacy and efficiency of these measures, the MIDAS project aspires to critically assess the Greek policy framework of “arrest-detain-return” by providing evidence-based answers to the lingering yet unexplored core question: To what extent is the Greek model of managing irregular migration cost-effective?
Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, formerly Senior Fellow at ELIAMEP and currently member of its Scientific Board, participates in the OECD Network of International Migration Experts, drafting each year a report reviewing the size and features of the migrant population in Greece, its labour market and overall social and political integration, and the challenges of irregular migration [...]
The number of highly skilled Italians who are leaving the country to search for a job elsewhere has dramatically increased in the last 18 months. Preferred destinations include Switzerland and the USA, contrary to the popular wisdom that Germany is now attracting the best and brightest. For more insights listen to my interview here.
Anna Triandafyllidou is chairing a panel on Immigration, Identity and Integration at the 3rd edition of the State of the Union Conference, that takes place each year on 9 May, in Florence, Italy. Speakers at the panel include Tariq Ramadan (Oxford University), Ilze Brands Kehris (OSCE), Olivier Roy (European University Institute), Ruud Koopmans (Free University [...]
The European University Institute, in Florence, Italy; the University of Leuven in Belgium, and the University of Passau in Germany are bidding to win a grant to set up a Massive Online Course on Europe in the World that will be free of charge and accessible to all undergrad and post grad students. Part of the [...]
The Greek citizenship law reform of 2010 has been officially annulled by the Council of State as the law was considered unconstitutional. Being born in Greece of parents living in Greece for at least 5 years (both parents), having arrived in Greece at an early age and having studied at a Greek school for six [...]
FOR Greeks suffering from the wrenching pain of a long economic crisis, a youthful savior has emerged. Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the second-strongest party in Parliament, the Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, is not yet 40, but his relentless attack on austerity has made him a favorite to head the next government. Continues here. [...]
New book published by Anna Triandafyllidou. From the preface: ...Some might argue that the law is the law and it has to be respected. And these women are irregular migrant (domestic) workers. But as I believe we convincingly show in this volume the relevant policies often ignore realities on the ground, notably families that are in dire need [...]
Anna Triandafyllidou and Thanos Maroukis took part in the THINK GLOBAL ACT EUROPEAN initiative organised by Notre Europe together with 15 more think tanks from across Europe. They write about the present and future of the EU new GLobal Approach to Migration Management with special reference to the aims and effectiveness of Readmission Policies. For [...]
The EUI's GGP Network kicks off a discussion on what is behind the new high tech tools financed and impelmented by the EU to control its borders. Who is paying for the BIg Brother? Who gains from it? Is the expenditure justified? and the tradeoff with our civil liberties? Were the previously implemented systems assessed [...]
What does it mean? to cross half of Asia and get to Greece (to "Europe") for a better life and then be murdered. Riding your bicycle at 4 am in the morning to get to work from one working class neighbourhood of Athens, to another, getting in the way of two young right wing extremists, [...]
Greece's citizenship law - reformed in 2010 to give more room for the jus soli principle, integrating into the citizenry the relatively large number of second generation migrants (children born in Greece of foreign parents) as well as immigrants who have been settled in Greece for a long time - has recently been judged anti-constitutional [...]