chapter  15
22 Pages

Migration and Policy Trends

WithJennifer Cavounidis

Migration comprises a new area of social policy formation in Greece. Long a country of emigration, Greece suddenly began to receive significant numbers of immigrants from the end of the 1980s. New trends in migrant flows propelled new concerns and issues onto the policy making agenda. Greece is not alone among southern European countries in this respect. Similar new social policy issues have confronted Italy, Spain and Portugal. In the last few decades all have undergone the experience of transformation from traditional sender to receiver of migrants and have been faced with new dilemmas.