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    Researching the Greek “Morality Drain”

    Konstantinos Papangelopoulos is completing his Master’s studies in Public Policy & Human Development, at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and United Nations University in the Netherlands.

    In order to write his thesis, he is looking for expatriate Greeks who are willing to be interviewed for his research on “The impact of migration experiences on perceptions of transparency and meritocracy: A case study on Greek migrants in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom”. In his own words:

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  • Margarita Chrysaki: From Greece’s Unemployment To The Offices Of The European Parliament

    Margarita Chrysaki: From Greece’s Unemployment To The Offices Of The European Parliament

    by Kelly Fanarioti, Huffington Post

    I learned Margarita’s story accidentally by a friend who saw her on TV. “I have marked her name because she is a new journalist and you may be interested in talking to her”, he told me.

    So it happened. After I heard about her journey from unemployment to a dream job, I found her on Facebook, we exchanged some messages and then talked to Skype for more than an hour.

    Margarita, [...]

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  • The Greek Vienna

    The Greek Vienna

    Greek Mum Correspondent: Chrysoula Koutsouri, Munich (apomamasemama.com)

    I happened to live in Vienna twice … The first time I was a student, I lived there for a whole semester, but it wasn’t enough. The second time I managed to stay a little longer, but unfortunately the end came soon, just like in fairy tales. Because this is exactly what Vienna is, a fairy tale. I had heard this before my first [...]

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  • Cyprus, like… Australia

    Cyprus, like… Australia

    You have suffered the crisis, you were forced to leave Greece, you ended up in Cyprus, you were happy that at least you are going to be just next door to your folks, and now, five years later, you have managed to visit only once.

    Before I moved to Cyprus, one of the main reasons I could console friends and relatives was the short distance. “It’s an island of our own” they [...]

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  • French elections night

    French elections night

    Aimilia Ioannidis lives and works in Paris for the last ten years. Here are some of her observations regarding yesterday’s French elections, as written at the time when the final results were yet to come:

    Yes, I protected myself from reading ‘chemtrails’ in the form of words, as much as possible. No, Le Pen is not in the lead. There is no record from large cities in the Ministry’s results yet, and especially from Paris, where she usually [...]

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  • A Greek School all over the world

    A Greek School all over the world

    Stella Bompotsiari and her team of teachers teach Greek to kids and adults from all over the world through her online school Greek Lessons OnLine. Stella lives in London, where she moved with her husband in 2014, while all her teachers are based in Greece teaching Greece to students from all over the world.

    Your Greek school at home. Our students just need a computer, internet connection, a microphone, [...]

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  • Love locks

    Love locks

    Greek Mum Correspondent: Chrysoula Koutsouri, Munich (apomamasemama.com)

    One week ago, while crossing one of Munich’s famous bridges, my son asked me for a second time with impatience: “Mom, when are we going to put a lock on the bridge too?”. At the same time I was watching a couple standing next to us, passing a carved lock through the bars and then while kissing, throwing the key with a theatrical gesture into the river. I felt my head buzzing as if they had thrown it on me. “We [...]

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  • Greek architect designs controversial skyscraper for New York City

    Greek architect designs controversial skyscraper for New York City

    Ioannis Oikonomou is the man who envisioned Big Bend skyscraper, subject of much debate in the international architectural community. 

    It’s been only about a week since the plans for Big Bend skyscraper have gone public. Ioannis Oikonomou saw the design of his architectural office Oiio attract the limelight, both in New York Press and architecture websites. In Dezeen, point of reference and information for anyone working in design around the world, Big Bend is one of [...]

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  • How to avoid job scams abroad

    How to avoid job scams abroad

    Hellenic Police has issued a guide with “Useful tips to avoid fraud presented as employment opportunity”, mainly addressed at those who plan to move abroad. Unfortunately, many of the cases described in this guide are quite common. Read carefully and inform your friends who are about to take the big step without having done their research first.

    Do not trust job listings that present great opportunities abroad (unusually high salary, etc) by websites and [...]

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  • Six years abroad: preparing a new start

    Six years abroad: preparing a new start

    Stefanos Livos, London

    Three years ago I wrote this article, that became viral for a few weeks and remains the most popular one in stefivos.com. A lot of messages, emails and friend requests followed, not relating to whether it was well written or not, but rather due to the fact it was a sincere testimony of my experiences, that had very much in common with the [...]

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  • Martis

    Martis

    Greek Mum Correspondent: Chrysoula Koutsouri, Munich (apomamasemama.com)

    A Wednesday like all the other Wednesdays at the greek school of Vienna. Only it is not any Wednesday. It is Wednesday, March the first. I’ve completely forgotten about it. Till the moment I see the children rushing out of the class, showing their hands with enthusiasm. A little bracelet made of white and red threads, hangs from their little hands.  “Do you know [...]

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  • National Pride and Prejudice

    National Pride and Prejudice

    Seven years ago I moved to Brighton, a small town in the UK.  During my first year as a university student, I lived on campus with flatmates from different countries around the world. One of them was Emre.

    When I first met Emre, for the first few seconds, I did not know how to react. You see, it was the first time I ever met someone who was Turkish.

    In the country I grew [...]

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