Foreign Nationals - Migrants


Multicultural Athens

The municipal administration does not view the migrant issue as a problem but rather a reality which can bring about myriad positive consequences for society as a whole.

Based on the 2001 Census, foreigners comprise 22 percent of the total population of the City of Athens documented in the survey.

The City of Athens has taken the initiative, adopting policies and implementing programmes which reinforce social cohesion, support harmonious co-existence and promote the integration of migrants.

Athens, like other cities in Greece and other European Union countries, is being called on to deal with an interesting paradox: although migration policies are decided on at the central government or EU level, ultimately local communities are being summoned to enforce integration policies on a small scale. Resources for the introduction of such policies are, in most cases, available to the central government, which decides on their allocation.

The City of Athens has accepted this challenge and adopted a framework of philosophy and action for the integration of migrants and their families who have chosen to live in Athens.

The framework is based on two principles:

  • Migration is not a problem if it is correctly managed.
  • In most cases, integration encompasses more than the social aspects (including elements such as equal opportunity, right to citizenship etc).

The City of Athens works in two ways:

  • It attempts to approach the migrant on an individual basis but also through the community to which they belong.
  • It encourages migrant participation and representation via associations, non-government organisations and agencies with a wider scope. The City of Athens communicates with such institutions in an effort to learn of the problems migrants face and implement policies - within the limits of its jurisdiction - to rectify these.

Our vision for migrants

 We are creating an Athens in which Greek society ties in harmoniously with migrant communities, a city where our children speak the same language, the language of understanding and common goals.

We are transforming Athens into a global multicultural metropolis.

We are developing initiatives that deal with diversity in such a way that it: promotes the idea of cohesion, with respect for the values and achievements which unite citizens regardless of their ethnicity and cultural contribution; guarantees equal rights for migrants in terms of participation in social, political and economic life; and ensures that all migrants also consider Athens to be their city so they can respect it and build their future here.

We aim for the social integration of migrants based on respect for the law and fulfillment of their obligations to the city in which they live.


Athens City Hall
63A Athinas St, Kotzia Square, Athens 10552, Greece
Tel: +30 210 3722001
Administration Building
22 Liossion St, Athens 10438
Tel: 1595

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