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Greece: 2013 National Strategy for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (Unofficial translation)

Εθνική Στρατηγική για την ένταξη των πολιτών τρίτων χωρών (Original language title)

The integration of legally residing Third Country Nationals (TCNs) in the Greek society is a key concern and a goal for the Greek State which has now launched a National Strategy that will guide its upcoming actions in the field. The document contains 3 main chapters.

The first introductory chapter of provides background information on immigration to Greece and an overview of approaches to migration management and integration. The second one explains the necessity for a National Strategy and outlines the parameters of integration for legally residing TNCs on the basis of EU principles and directives, with a emphasis on the importance of in local communities and the legal framework for long-term residence and education. The last chapter contains details on specific measures and actions and interventions to be implemented in areas as diverse as:

  • Services (reception and introductory courses, information sessions, training for civil servants, etc.)
  • Education and Greek language courses
  • Employment and vocational training (combating informal employment, Fostering entrepreneurship, etc.)
  • Health
  • Housing and quality of life
  • Political participation
  • Anti-discrimination (awareness-raising activities, combating racism, etc.)
  • Interculturality (inter-religious dialogues, cultural and artistic activities, sports, etc.)

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Source: Hellenic Ministry of Interior