Three Million Greeks Want To Leave

sxoleiaAs Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he has finally gotten the economy on  a path to recovery despite more coming austerity measures, one in three Greek families said they are so worn out by pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions that they are thinking of leaving the country.

The startling statistic came from a a survey carried out on primary and secondary school pupils by the Children’s Ombudsman. Out of 1,211 pupils from 22 schools around the country who were questioned in the survey, 82 percent said that their parents’ employment situation had worsened in recent months, with one in five reporting that one or both of their parents were jobless and 29 percent saying that the family was considering relocating to another country in the hope of better prospects.

Most of the children questioned said the economic crisis had had a negative impact on their lives, with 70 percent of respondents referring to “negative changes,” 59 percent saying they no longer received pocket money and 33 percent reporting that tighter household budgets meant they had been forced to stop lessons at private tuition centers.

Greece’s unemployment rate is at a record 26.8 percent – some 55 percent for those under 25 – and the government is levying more harsh conditions expected to make it rise as high as 30 percent. Greece has a population of 11.34 million people, according to World Bank statistics, although as many as one million or more are immigrants, not including hundreds of thousands of estimated illegal immigrants.


  • worldarts

    The Systematic Looting of Greece by PASOK & ND is now taking its toll on the Greek People and the People will soon answer Mr. Samaras’ criminal action by calling for new elections— Good by to Samaras & Venizelos all “traitors” who tried to sell Greece out to get more bribes for their greedy pockets!   

  • Alex

    “although as many as one million or more are immigrants, not including hundreds of thousands of estimated illegal immigrants.”

    Source for this claim? As far as I can tell over 95 percent of the “immigrants” in Greece are ILLEGALS that violated Greek borders.

  • Alex

    It is far leftist extremists like you that are traitors. You communists betray your country with illegals. You betray your country with the Skopians. And you are greedy scum that cares more about lining your own pockets than trying to save our country.

  • Alex

    Um…. our coalition government is ahead of Syriza dear. Samaras is far higher rated by the Greek people than communist thug leader Tsipiras.

  • Let’s go! There is no hope for better days!

  • Eleni C.

    There is ALWAYS hope for Greece!  You have a diamond in the rough, and all you have to do is take care of it:  no throwing cigarette butts or trash on the ground anywhere (especially on the beaches), everything should run like clockwork even in August, the damages downtown Athens should be fixed (and do not wait for the government to get it done), and NO MORE STRIKES!  If all those people who are currently unemployed contributed something to making the country better, the mood of everyone would change. 

  • Klaudiaxd05

    Alex all you ever think of is always illegal immigrant,if Greek is not in European union, do you think that all the Greeks outside will be legal? hey men think of how to contribute on fixing Greek problems lather than calling names.

  • Alex

    You are spot on Eleni.  The problem is violent communist and anarchist groups that ferment class warfare and civil war.

  • Alex

     Every country in the EU DEPORTS ILLEGALS. The countries of foreign funded NGOs that rant against Greeks… DEPORT ILLEGALS.  The countries these illegals come from DEPORT ILLEGALS.

    Those that ethnically harass Greeks for expecting our borders respected are Greek hating bigots.

  • Alex
  • Thessaloniki

     It is nice to read something postive and proactive..

  • Cypriot

    Let the illegal immigrants leave first.

  • leventi

    How did you read that in Eleni.C ‘s comment?

  • leventi

    Population of Greece=10 million + 1 million illegals. If  3 million Greeks leave then;
    Population of Greece =7 million + 1 million illegals.
    Therefore; 12.5% of the Greek population will be non-Greek.
    Doesn’t take an Einstein to work out that the Hellenic race is facing extinction.
    Asta la vista baby.

  • Klaudiaxd05

    I am not supporting illegal immigrants, Greek should deport all immigrants if they want but still it cannot solve this problem latter it will cause more.All this countries you mentioned has illegal immigrates living there now,they only deport  criminals and terrorist offence or the other. Greeks gov should find a lasting solution to illegal immigrants.most of the countries that you mentioned above pays illegal immigrants every week, Greek gov should think of  fixing  there economy first.i have being in Greece many times on holiday,its a beautiful and peaceful country.

  • Alex

    “the damages downtown Athens should be fixed (and do not wait for the government to get it done), and NO MORE STRIKES!”

    Who are promoting all these strikes and riots? The answer is virtually all are communist and anarchists fanatics that have infiltrated various unions. They encourage both strikes and violence against our middle ground coalition government.

  • Alex

    Part of fixing our economy is kicking our illegals. Too many are involved in crime, work illegally in the country, and don’t pay taxes. They have no business in our country and you have no business criticizing Greeks for wanting to deport illegals like every other country does. This is especially considering we have one of the highest per capita percentage of illegals in the world. If Greece doesn’t take hard action to take back its borders there will be no Greece in 50 years.

  • Klaudiaxd05

    I am not criticizing anybody, i think many illegal immigrants even wants to go out of Greece because there is no job,yet they cannot find there way.many of them left there country because of war and persecution. so Greek gov will even help many by sending them home. sending some of them home is killing them because they have no life at home and greek gov will be using money meant to pay workers to send illegal immigrants home. Greeks are lucky because they are in European union that’s why many of them is leaving to Australia, Canada, UK and united state. Even  With interest growing in living in Australia, the country made citizens of more than 17,000 immigrants from 147 countries in several ceremonies which were held around the country, to celebrate Australian Day. The events were attended by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, several Ministers and Premiers from several states.Gillard, who was born in Britain, noted Australia has added four million people to the naturalized citizens list , including many Greeks.  

  • Alex

    ” I am not criticizing anybody,”

    Nonsense. You starting attacking me for mentioning virtually all the “immigrants” in Greece are ILLEGALLY in the country.

    The Greeks that moved to other countries virtually always did it llegally comrade. I’d also note Australia  DEPORTS ILLEGALS. (including under Julia Gillard)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/13/australia-asylum-seekers-pacific-islands

    As I said, those ranting at Greeks for doing what every other country does (especially when we have far far more illegals per capita than most other countries) are racist towards Greeks.

  • Alex

     ” I am not criticizing anybody,”

    Nonsense. You starting attacking me for mentioning virtually all the “immigrants” in Greece are ILLEGALLY in the country.

    The Greeks that moved to other countries virtually always did it legally comrade. I’d also note Australia  DEPORTS ILLEGALS. (including
    under Julia Gillard)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/13/australia-asylum-seekers-pacific-islands

    As I said, those ranting at Greeks for doing what every other country
    does (especially when we have far far more illegals per capita than
    most other countries) are racist towards Greeks.

  • mona

     Immigrants and the children of immigrants are the ones that made the USA an advanced country in science and medicine and in so many other fields and all because they were accepted into it as humans and not because of their ethnic background. Just like my scientist husband. You could not speak a word of English when he landed at Ellis Island. The USA benefited tremendously from his talents. The kids in this video that are speaking Greek could end up being the biggest benefactors of Greece, more than any “ethnic Greek” could ever imagine. Give them a chance. They may be the ones that will save the country from its many problems.

  • Alex

    a, US immigrantion policy is not representative of every country in the world. It came at the cost of wiping out indigeneous natives and robbing the ones that were left of their homeland. Most ethnic groups and countries in the world do no want end up in the shoes of native americans.

    b. You seem to not notice the difference between the words LEGAL immigration and ILLEGAL immigrant.  The US DEPORTS ILLEGALS.

    c. Why do you ethnically harass Greeks pop 11M? Why not harass China? Korea? Japan? Saudi Arabia Liberia…the list is quite extensive of countrieswhom let in virtual no immigrants whatsoever? Sounds like you are racist towards greeks.

  • Alex

    “Obama administration reports record number of deportations”

     http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/18/news/la-pn-deportation-ice-20111018

  • Don’t go here in CDN, right now we have plenty of greek illegal here in Toronto area. First greeks should change their mentality , that that GREECE IS NOT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, second greeks should learn how to work, and for the immigrants in greece already 500,000 Albanians are back so very soon all the immigrants will live your country that never is going to be friendly with the “ksenous” because they don’t have the greek blood which is blue blood. (My son was born in greece and because he was such a beautiful baby with big blue eyes, everybody was telling me that” oooo don’t tell to anybody that he is Albanian , Albanians are so ugly with their red head like barbarians and he is so georgeous baby you should have greek blood” and I was answering to them ” don’t say that because I haven’t seen any real greek with blue eyes, if is anyone, is with Albanian root (arvanites) and you know that very well. I have been in more than 20 countries in EU, No other nation is so racist than greeks, toward every other nation even toward western countries. It is time for greeks to change mentality and to think like Europians.

  • Klaudia don’t waste your time with them because greek mentality is so unique, If you say your opinion to them , they consider that is directly against greek people, if you meet a greek the very first thing they start to show off and put your country down doesn’t matter which country is, western or eastern, Germany is giving them money and they curse Germany, and giving names to their prime minister, because she is saying that: we start to build something together which will be in benefits of all EU members, and you are the first to abandoned this project (EU) and stealing money from this project, so now Germany is not taking them out and make them die, but giving them a second chance to be in Europian family: but greeks don’t want this, they want to work 2 hours per day from Monday to Friday, and earn more money than everybody else in EU, and go in their buzukies ” because of their ancient history” This mentality just creep me out.

  • Well said Mona, same Canada here.

  • Just ask this Alex guy, for the phrase ” You can’t ever be a greek, if you are not born one” with their special blood… In nowdays most of the greeks praise Hitler a lot.

  • Well said Mona. Same here in Canada tons of opportunities.

  • In my ten years in Greece just greeks from outside like Greko-Canadians, or Greko-Americans, Greko-Germans etc , were thinking strait and there were so open minded, but from the other side I don’t blame greeks, I blame their education system, which is realy racist for non greeks, like in their schools even today they teach their kids , : YOU HAVE TO BE SO PROUD BECAUSE IN YOUR VEINS YOU HAVE THE MOST GREAT BLOOD WHICH IS SO DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER RACES OF THE WORLD: and imagine how the non greek kids feel like, when their Greek friend give them a superior look and supposedly their superior race. This is like modern Hitler time.

  • lllllllll

    what are some push factors of greece?