Seeking asylum in Greece: institutional and social responses to African migrant women in Athens

Kamaratou, Eirini (2021). Seeking asylum in Greece: institutional and social responses to African migrant women in Athens. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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During the “refugee crisis” Greece was a major transit point with most refugees aiming for Central European countries (Crawley et al., 2016). After the closure of the borders 58,000 immigrants remained blocked in Greece (Ministry of Economy and Development, 2016) with Greek society having to integrate many asylum seekers. Fewer in number than Syrian refugees, Africans nevertheless form an important, yet overlooked, group. Even though research on African immigrants has been conducted in other European countries, with some studies focusing on African women specifically (Taliani, 2012), research concerning Greece leaves important subgroups and their problems unexamined. This thesis contributes to filling this gap. By analyzing fieldnotes, 23 interviews with aid workers, and five interviews with African women, this thesis highlights the barriers African women face in Greece as well as their strategies and resilience.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology


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