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The Situation Of The Immigrants In Greece And The Intensification Of Racism And Xenophobia In the last period Greece has been converted from a country of emigration to economically more developed countries to acountry of importing immigrants The collapse of the former realexisting socialist regimes the opening of these countries borders and the economic crisis that followed the continuing and intensifying super exploitation of the countries of the third world by the West regional conflicts and numerous oppressive regimes all these factors forced and continue to force many immigrants to come to Greece Immigrants and refugees from Poland Turkey Iran and Ethiopia began to massively arrive in Greece in the 1980s But the biggest outburst of the wave of immigration to Greece took place in the end of 1990 with the massive entrance of Albanian immigrants The largest ethnic category of immigrants today in Greece are the Albanians followed by the Egyptians Polish Filipinos and others Large number of immigrants originate from Eastern Europe Russia Ukrain Rumania Bulgaria and elsewhere although on these there are no available records Over 250000 Gypsies also live in Greece It is estimated that right now immigrants make up at least 5 of the population the great majority of which about 80 are illegal The living conditions of the immigrants in Greece are from very bad to wretched while the most downtrodden category are the Albanians It is worth-while to take up more specifically this last one because besides everything else whatever relates to them has become object of probably the greatest distortion and misinformation by the Greek mass media The Albanians come to Greece by either paying an enormous amount of money in order to obtain a visa in the black market - in which are involved Greek state functionaries as well as whole sections of the Greek state services - or illegally The immigrants who cross the Greek-Albanian borders illegally put their lives in danger since in the
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