Immigrants are here to stay

At least two-thirds of immigrants appear to be assimilated into Greek society or are in the process of doing so. It is clear that there is a need for a long-term immigration policy that will take the following parameters into consideration: 1) the role Greece can play as a development-cultural-metropolitan center in the Balkans, 2) the need for young people to enter the labor market in sectors of low specialization, which is necessary for the country’s growth, and 3) that if immigrants do not assimilate, this could lead to the formation of new minority groups with all the inherent risks for a politically unstable region such as the Balkans. (1)Alexandros Zavos is the president of the Institute of Immigration Policy.