The re-emergence of a new wave of Greek migration, on account of the ongoing severe economic crisis plaguing Greek society, has propelled the issue of its ‘dualism’ back into the limelight. A recent survey by Public Issue provides the relevant empirical evidence.
The high rate of internationalization entailed by the size of the Greek diaspora (i.e. the presence of over 5 million persons of Greek origin in other countries)(1) is confirmed by the fact that nearly 1 in 2 or more than 4 in 10 Greeks (44%) have close relatives currently living abroad.
The main countries in which the emigrant relatives of Greek citizens presently reside are, in order: Germany (38%), USA (29%), Australia (22%), Canada (12%) and the United Kingdom (11%).
Based on the geographical region of their residence, Greek citizens with relatives abroad are concentrated more in the islands of the Southern Aegean (61%), in Western Macedonia (55%), Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (51%) and Western Greece (50%).
(1) Data from the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, available at: http://www.ggae.gr/[Not a valid template]