Benefits for Chios resident community
It is now three years since the economic crisis peaked in Greece, which coincided with the beginning of the ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe. Few communities are impacted as are those on the Aegean Islands. It is here, where displaced persons debark from Turkey where many thousands of asylum seekers arrived seeking protection in Europe.
Often overlooked in mass media is the fact that the constant influx of asylum seekers has unexpected, often misunderstood and complex concerns for the local Greek community. The impact on the Aegean Islands communities differs from many other communities receiving asylum seekers elsewhere in Greece and in Europe. These are the ‘hotspots’ where large numbers of asylum seekers are detained for extended periods while significant numbers of displaced persons continue to arrive. Undeniably there are community groups who do not accept the presence of asylum seekers and who have demonstrated against it. Those who receive no recognition are the many members of the community, who, despite the diverse pressures on their way of life, empathise with, are aware of the difficulties asylum seekers face and assist them.