The Economic Effect of the Refugee Crisis on Greece

– Emma Fabreguette

In 2015 over 885,000 refugees arrived in Europe; fleeing from political unrest in Middle Eastern states (e.g. as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria), and from the Syrian Civil War. The main access to Europe was from Turkey to Greece via the eastern Mediterranean Sea; as its coastal borders are approximately 4 km away.

This report will analyse the effects of the mass influx of refugees into Greece, specifically the Greek island of Lesbos. In doing so, a general economic background of Greece will be discussed; to understand the conditions in which Greece was when the refugee crisis occurred. Second