A crisis within the crisis: Migration flows in Greece in the turmoil of the bailout agreements (2010-2015)

A crisis within the crisis: Migration flows in Greece in the turmoil of the bailout agreements (2010-2015)

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Dimitris Christopoulos (Panteion University of Athens)
George Kailas (St Anne’s College, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Adis Merdzanovic (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Kostis Karpozilos (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

SEESOX Seminar Series: South East European realities amid Europe’s multiple crises

South East Europe currently finds itself confronted with numerous external crises, including the Eurozone, the refugee influx, crises in the eastern and southern neighbourhoods, as well as internal political, constitutional or economic. In SEESOX’s Hilary term Seminar Series, we wish to look at how the region has been coping or not coping with these multiple crises and what domestic developments or strategies may either prevent or enable appropriate political responses. The seminar series will address some of the acute problems affecting Europe, as seen especially from a South Eastern European perspective, and combine the thematic (refugee, economic and political crises) with the country specific approaches.

Europe's refugee crisis poses a great challenge for Greece. While in 2004, the country registered 77.000 arrivals and arrests, the number of refugees at the Aegean Sea reached 780,000 registrations in 2015, constituting an unprecedented 1000% increase in refugee flows. In his talk, Dimitris Christopolous will explain how Greece – itself in a difficult position due to the financial situation – reacted to this refugee influx and what the deficits and achievements of the government are. Looking at the role of Germany, the EU-Turkey deal, and the future of Schengen, he will also situate the handling of the refugee crisis within the contemporary European discourse and discuss sustainable and human short- and long-term strategies for managing the refugee issue in Greece and in the EU. 

Dimitris Christopoulos is an associate professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University in Athens. He is equally Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (www.fidh.org). He chaired the board of the Hellenic League for Human Rights (www.hlhr.gr) (2003-2011).  Christopoulos is frequently interviewed by international or Greek media, writes regularly in the Greek press, contributing to the promotion of a human rights awareness culture in the country, particularly within the current Greek financial crisis. He is an associate professor at Panteion University in Athens where he teaches public law and human rights focusing on migration, minorities and citizenship. His academic publications reflect par excellence his activist interventions. (dimitrischristopoulos.blogspot.com ) 

Kostis Karpozilos is an A.G. Leventis Fellow at SEESOX, St Antony’s College. He has earned a degree in Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki (2002), completed an M.A. in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield (2003) and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Crete (2010). His thesis focused on revolutionary diasporas in the United States and the trajectory of Greek-American radicalism in the 20th century. He is the scriptwriter of the documentary Greek-American Radicals: the Untold Story (2013), the author of a book on the Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis (Benaki Museum, 2013), and he has a forthcoming book titled “Revolutionary Diaspora”. Kostis was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and Princeton University and has taught at the University of the Peloponnese, and at Sciences Po. He has written extensively on the Greek crisis, the European Left and the limits of political imagination in the post-1989 world and currently he is working on an international history of the Greek Left. 

George Kailas is an MPhil candidate in International Relations at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, and completed his undergraduate studies in International Relations, Mathematics, and Economics at New York University. He has worked for the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Greece and the United States, the US Department of State, and the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) Program of the Council on Foreign Relations. His research focuses on the application of statistics and other quantitative methods in analyzing voting behavior in multilateral and supranational institutions, such as the UN General Assembly and European Council of Ministers, and has worked to incorporate this analysis into policymaking at both the US State Department and Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.