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The influence of legal stay on the social integration of immigrants in Greece

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Δέσποινα Παπαδοπούλου
Δέσποινα Παπαδοπούλου


This article examines how legal immigrants
integrate in the Greek labor market. The
analysis is based on the results of an
empirical research which was carried out in
three Greek cities, namely, Athens, Saloniki
and Ioannina, in 2006 and 2007. The research
took place in the framework of a research
programme evaluating the migrant policy in
Greece as an implementation of the European
Strategy for Employment. This article focuses
on the ultimate role of legitimization in the
processes of the immigrants’ entrance in the
labour market and their integration in Greek
society. The fi ndings show that stay permits
plays little infl uence or no infl uence on the
work and employment integration, but a
strong infl uence on the family re-unifi cation.
That is, the title of stay infl uences family
existence and maintenance, as well as child
achievement at school, but it does not help at
changing the occupational status or fi nding a
better job in the labor market. In the end, the
title of stay affects social integration in the
long run.


Legal migration; social insertion; social integration; labor market; family reunification


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