• Interview with the Greek co-founders of IamExpat

    Interview with the Greek co-founders of IamExpat

    Nikos Nakos, Charalampos Sergios, Panos Sarlanis and Panagiotis Dionysopoulos are the co-founders of iamexpat.nl, an online media platform aiming at covering the local needs of all international professionals and students in the Netherlands. IamExpat was launched in November 2009, evolving into the largest English-speaking community “for expats of all colours, shapes and sizes”.

    When did you come to the Netherlands, and why? Did you know each other before that?

    Nikos: I knew Panos, and [...]

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  • Flight 4 our Right

    January 25th, 2015. Unable to vote from abroad, four young Greek expats return home for the most critical elections of recent history.

    Antonis is a half-Greek and half-German social entrepreneur. Gevi is a London based filmmaker. Alexandros is a master’s degree student in the Netherlands. Thanos is a member of SYRIZA, living in Berlin. They all have high hopes for the future, and they all want to see expatriate Greeks earning the right to vote from abroad.


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  • Waterlooplein: When gyros met bougatsa

    In the flea market of Waterlooplein, Dimitris organises a housewarming party for his brand new chicken gyros canteen. Right next to him, Vasilis has been serving bougatsa pastry and frappé coffee for the last five years. Together, they have created an Amsterdam hot spot for Greeks and their international friends.

    Guest appearance by Thomas Huisman (bouzouki).

    Filmed & edited by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Sound recording and mixing by Nikos Kandarakis Translation to English by Christina Tziouvara Research by Gina Tsilimpi

    This [...]

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  • The Colony, Episode 1 – “Skype Call”

    “We came here in an organised escape plan”

    Paris left Greece and moved to London together with his little sister, Athena. Tania came later with her boyfriend, Chris, hoping that her chemistry degree can find her a job. They all miss granny’s cooking.

    Filmed & edited by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Sound recording and mixing by Nikos Kandarakis

    This documentary is protected with a creative commons license. Unauthorized commercial use, derivatives and TV broadcasting are strictly forbidden.

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  • Reload Greece

    On the 15th of October 2013, the New Diaspora crew landed in Gatwick airport. One of the main reasons for our filming expedition was the MeetU@Reload event, hosted at the London Google Campus by Reload Greece on October 19th.

    Reload Greece is the hub of Greek entrepreneurship in London, seeking solutions that can generate economic growth and social impact in Greece.
 It started as an initiative by young Greeks to inspire and educate [...]

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  • Marylebone Road: Christina Garidi

    When we launched New Diaspora in March 2013, we were grateful to have Christina as the very first person contributing an “open letter” to our project.

    We hadn’t planned to film Christina’s story during our short visit to London, since we both had pressing schedules to follow. However, we managed to squeeze time for a brief encounter. It was worth it.

    Christina studied Environmental Sciences in Southampton before she moved up north to get her Master in [...]

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  • The Three Hundreds: Alexandros Ioannou

    100 days, 100 Euros, 100 places to see. Alexandros returns home from Scotland to Cyprus, traveling mainly by bicycle. We had the chance to interview him and his companion, Yannis, when they passed through Amsterdam.

    Visit the 3×100 Facebook page to read the full story of this journey.

    Filmed by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Research by Gina Tsilimpi Edited by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos & Michael Papadakis Music by Nikos Kandarakis

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  • Tunisia: Yannis Arvanitis

    Yannis moved to Tunisia only a few days before the revolution started.

    Watch and share our new web documentary, which has already been hosted in ARTE Future on August 15th 2013 (in French and German).

    Directed by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Sound design and mix by Nikos Kandarakis Editing by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos & Michael Papadakis

    This documentary is protected with a creative commons license. Commercial use, derivatives and TV broadcasting are strictly forbidden, unless authorized by New Diaspora.

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  • Morning Tales: George Mitrakas

    Thanks to George, Wageningen is the only Dutch town that has a traditional Greek café and food store.

    Watch and share our new web documentary, which will be also hosted in ARTE Future on August 15th 2013 (in French and German).

    Directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos Research by Gina Tsilimpi Sound recording by Nikos Kandarakis Editing by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos & Michael Papadakis

    This documentary is protected with a creative commons license. Commercial use, derivatives and TV broadcasting are strictly [...]

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  • Army of One: Katerina Kozadinou

    Directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos

    The first New Diaspora web documentary is now online! Watch it on full HD for free, share it with your friends, and support our independence by contributing to our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo!

    Help us make the voice of expatriate Greeks heard! Join the New Diaspora web documentary movement!

    It’s time to tell our own part of the story.

    Army of One” introduces our “Portraits” documentary series. In order for us to produce thematic [...]

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  • New Diaspora: the trailer

    New Diaspora is an independent web documentary movement, focusing on the stories of Greeks living abroad during the crisis in their homeland.

    Please share and support our crowdfunding campaign. It’s time to tell our own part of the story.

    Why did we leave? What’s our point of view on the current situation in Greece? How much have we adapted to our new lives?

    The main narrative drive is a web documentary series directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos, who lives and [...]

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  • Occupy Amsterdam: Dimitris Pavlopoulos

    I originally intended to post this video back in October of 2011, as a report of the Occupy movement’s impact on Dutch society. For a number of reasons I decided to wait until the moment would be ripe, and now I’m posting it as a historical record of what was the political climate back then.

    This is not a complete documentary, since it lacks a proper storyline, interviews with the protagonists and counter arguments from the [...]

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  • Summer vacations… away from home

    Summer vacations… away from home

    Today I realized that summer is gone, without me smelling the saltiness of the sea, swimming in the clear blue waters, eating feta with mountain oregano, throwing pebbles at the waves, drinking coffee while watching the Cretan Sea together with Rania and Vaso, talking about theater plays with Telemachus, analyzing right and wrong together with Vivian, discussing with Kreousa while kittens caress our feet, hearing the characteristic chuckle of Artemis, walking the cobblestone streets of Plaka with Georgitsa, [...]

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  • Greek Summer Guide

    Greek Summer Guide

    August. Many Greek expats return home for holidays, and the ones who stay behind are longing for the deep blue waters and the happy moments of past summers. How many of our friends live permanently abroad now? How many are preparing to leave?

    Beyond Greece of the tourist packages and the clichés of questionable aesthetics that accompany them, there is an alternative summertime Greece that few foreigners know. Secluded beaches, villages that seem untouched by the passage of time, quality [...]

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  • Does it provide twenty-Euro bills?

    Does it provide twenty-Euro bills?

    by Natalie Tzobanakis (“Where am I?“)

    This is the third summer I am spending in Greece as a visitor. A transient presence, with a predetermined expiration date. Every time I have to wait in line at the ATM reminds me of this, since, as  a foreign resident, I am now exempt from the withdrawal limits everyone else has to comply with. Twenty- or fifty-Euro bills? It makes a difference. If the ATM machine is [...]

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  • A different approach

    A different approach

    by Lida Aglaia Aslanidou

    The last few years have provoked very strange feelings to any Greek expat. The last month was the icing on the cake. And even though I am a sugar-addict, this cake was far from tasty.

    On the one hand, for the Greeks who stayed, Greek expats are the ones who should keep their mouths shut: they are  privileged, with a job, timely payments in their foreign accounts, quality of life [...]

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  • General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad on new migrants

    General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad on new migrants

    Interview of Michael Kokkinos, Director General of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad.

    Watch the video to learn about the GSGA’s plans for new migrants, the right of expatriate Greeks to vote from abroad, and how the valuable human resources that left Greece in recent years can play a part in the effort of restructuring the Greek economy.

    The interview is in the Greek language.

    Camera/Research by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos

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  • From GR2UK: Summertime

    From GR2UK: Summertime

    by Dimitris Moysidis

    It took me a while to be in the mood to write something again. With everything that’s been happening in Greece, no matter how much I want to (and I really do want to) keep my distance and not care, I fail to do so. I really care because my parents are still there. I care so much that I spent the whole last month, along with almost all [...]

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  • Survey: voting from abroad

    Survey: voting from abroad

    Dimitrios Iatrou has created a questionnaire as part of his thesis on e-voting (Msc in Advanced Information Systems in Business, Department of “Informatics and Telematics”, Harokopio University of Athens).

    His survey was inspired by the recent Greek immigration wave, along with the strong desire of Greek expatriates, as expressed over the decades, to participate in Greek elections.

    The purpose of this questionnaire is to investigate whether Greeks living abroad would be willing and able to exercise their voting [...]

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  • aGreekment: the day after

    aGreekment: the day after

    This was a dramatic weekend, that left many Europeans speechless and many Greeks on the verge of a nervous breakdown. After a Euro Summit that lasted 18 hours, Alexis Tsipras and the leaders of the Eurozone countries reached an agreement that includes harsh austerity measures and the promise for conditional restructuring of the Greek debt.

    Some of the terms in the proposal set forth by the German Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, made a lot of people [...]

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  • Homeland


    July 10, 2015…

    It’s only been three years since that Sunday. Munich welcomed me with rain, like it welcomes me most days of the year. Lucky in my bad luck. My hand, held tight by my mother, during the first month of my stay here.

    Three years full of nostalgia for my homeland, for home, for the smiles of my friends. How many Sundays have I missed family dinner with my grandma, [...]

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  • Thoughts from the day after

    Thoughts from the day after

    Correspondence from London, by Lida Aglaia Aslanidou

    Reacting to Greek news on Facebook and Twitter has sadly become a normality for anyone who has left the country in the recent years. We express anger, fear, concerns, we post public questions in order to get an idea of what the different views are, we check Facebook profiles that we have never checked before to get more opinions, we become addicted to the monitor, [...]

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  • History in the making

    History in the making

    Last time there was a referendum in Greece, it coincided with the end of the military dictatorship and the abolishment of monarchy. I was four years old, and most of the people who have left Greece recently hadn’t been born yet.

    Seven months ago I took the decision to return to my country, despite the economic, political and ethical crisis that had driven me away for five years. One of the reasons for [...]

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  • Greece: Turmoil today, tomorrow what?

    Greece: Turmoil today, tomorrow what?

    by David Brunnen

    As I write, no one can tell how the current crisis will be resolved. No one can be sure.  Fragmentation or consolidation of a nation?

    For the nation state, its communities of people and businesses, or from the perspective of the individual, the uncertainty about futures may seem beyond rational analysis – improbabilities lost in a sea of variables, multiple IF statements and continental confusion.

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