Refugee camp volunteers disguise play as therapy

By: Michael Blackburn

(Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece) —  Inside of the big barbed wire fence that encompasses the camp area lies a unique space. At first glance this may seem like an old shipping area defaced with graffiti, murals of space, and mermaids, but it is actually the Child Friendly Space (CFS) of Ritsona Refugee camp.

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English: The priority language among refugees in Greece

By: Mallary Becker

(Athens, Greece) — Maryam Sultani is 19 years old, she came to Greece from Iran in 2016.

“We have an enemy in Iran and Afghanistan,” she said.

Her plan is to go to Sweden after Greece. She wants to learn English because she feels it is absolutely necessary; to be able to communicate with other people, just that. Continue reading English: The priority language among refugees in Greece

Alt-Right Greek party takes stance against refugee school integration

By Abigaile Kootsillas, 7/25/17

(Athens, Greece) — Greece’s far right-wing party, the Golden Dawn, is promising the possibility of  protests if the government moves forward with plans to fully integrate refugee students with Greek students in the school system. Continue reading Alt-Right Greek party takes stance against refugee school integration

Humans of Greece – speaking about immigrants

Composed by: John Bozick, Abigaile Kootsillas, and Jessa Vivio

 

Athens is a diverse city made up of people from different ethnic backgrounds. There is a great deal of diversity, therefore,  when it comes to the question of accepting more refugees into a country already in the midst of an economic crisis.

The OU Refugee Reporting team found many people of varying ages, races, and backgrounds who agreed to tackle the question, “Do you think the refugees should should be integrated into Greek society or kept at a distance”.

Here is a look at the responses from these “Humans of Greece:

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Refugee Crisis reporting on the ground in Greece