“Migration in Greece: A Country Profile 2008” is part of a series of migration profiles produced by IOM Budapest within the “Black Sea Consultative Process on Migration Management” project, funded from IOM’s 1035 Facility. Greece has traditionally been a sending country in terms of emigration, especially after the Second World War However, in recent years it has become a destination for immigrants. By 2005, the number of immigrants has quadrupled since 1990, making Greece the country with the highest proportional increase in immigration in the EU. Much of the immigration to Greece is irregular in character with some estimates as high as 400,000 persons present illegally. Greece remains a destination country for both asylum seekers and trafficked victims.
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