The Economic Impact of Immigration in Greece: Taking Stock of the Existing Evidence

38 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2008

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Ioannis Cholezas

University of Peloponnese

Panos Tsakloglou

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Greece was traditionally an emigration country. However, since the early 1990s it became an immigrant destination and nowadays up to a tenth of the population are immigrants, mainly from neighbouring Balkan countries and, especially, Albania. This large scale immigration within a short time period had important social, as well as, economic consequences. The paper reviews the existing evidence and concludes that on average the economic effects of immigration were beneficial, although their distributional consequences were adverse. Greek immigration policy was haphazard and more efforts are needed in order to integrate the immigrants in the economic and social fabric of the country.

Keywords: immigration, Greece

JEL Classification: F22

Suggested Citation

Cholezas, Ioannis and Tsakloglou, Panogiotis, The Economic Impact of Immigration in Greece: Taking Stock of the Existing Evidence. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3754, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1286692 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Ioannis Cholezas (Contact Author)

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Panogiotis Tsakloglou

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies ( email )

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