Researching the Greek “Morality Drain”

Photo by hehaden, Flickr

Photo by hehaden, Flickr

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:

“I seek to recruit Greek migrants for interviews in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, with a preference to those who currently work (and not simply study) in these countries. Interviews will be conducted through Skype (or similar online tool) and will last approximately 30 minutes. All participants will remain anonymous, while a consent form will be signed between the researcher and the participant, guaranteeing the confidential treatment and protection of the  interview content.

Candidates criteria:

  • People who have lived in Greece until the age of 18 and ideally have worked or sought employment in Greece in the past.
  • People currently residing and working (or seeking work) in the UK, Germany or the Netherlands for a minimum of 12 months.

Konstantinos’ contact details are:, (+31) 0616211839 and Skype name kostas.papangelopoulos26

As he explains, his dissertation “examines the influence in perceptions towards transparency and meritocracy of Greek migrants in Germany, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The main research question is how migrants’ norms and beliefs on transparency are influenced as a result of their experience in cultural and institutional environments that differ significantly to that of Greece. The research also addresses the hypothesis of “morality drain”, a phenomenon where those who choose to migrate are often those with the lowest tolerance towards corruption.

What does this research have to offer? To begin with, corruption has been identified as a major problem in Greece even before the crisis. This research is important as those who choose to migrate are often the most dynamic and skilled members of Greek society. Therefore, their exposure to cultures and institutional frameworks that are considered more transparent than that of Greece might mean that these people are possible carriers of change. This change might occur either through the migrants’  remitting these values to their social environment back in Greece or through bringing these values back to Greece in their future return.”




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