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  • The truth about the Greeks that are living in the Netherlands

    The truth about the Greeks that are living in the Netherlands

    By Nadia Nikolaidou. Article originally published on IamGreek.nl

    The last 5 years the population of Greeks in the Netherlands has grown at least 5 times. Unfortunately there are no official numbers, but we estimate that before 2011 the number was less than 5000 and we are now counting more than 30,000, of which at least 2,000 are students of Dutch universities.

    For those of us who came here from the beginning [...]

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  • “The Boy with the Blue Hair” comes to London

    “The Boy with the Blue Hair” comes to London

    Eleanna Santorinaiou was born and raised in Athens, where she studied Philosophy & History of Science at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 2012 she moved to London in order to study at the London Film Academy.  So far, she has directed five short films and a short documentary, and she has also written a feature length script. Eleanna also writes and directs theatre plays for the young audience.

    On [...]

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  • When mothers support one another, everything is possible

    When mothers support one another, everything is possible

    Elfi Koufogeorgou, Luxembourg

    Fifth grade; I was the tall one in the class, with thick glasses and woolly hair.

    The 80′s…

    Relatives and friends were bringing me gifts for school in holidays and birthdays: erasers, pencils, sharpeners, rulers. Some of them were used… as for the others, one day I thought to start selling them to my fellow students. One drachma, two drachmas, depending. Until, after a couple of [...]

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  • One month of snow

    One month of snow

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

    It’s been four years now that we live in Central Europe, but it is the first time that my son’s wish for white days came already true in the beginning of winter: yes, this year it really snows! And when I say it snows, I do not mean it snows like in Greece for two days, we play, we get happy, it ends. When I say it snows, [...]

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  • The New Diaspora Diary #1

    The New Diaspora Diary #1

    This is the first entry in the New Diaspora Diary: stories of Greeks who moved abroad from 2010 until now. Send your stories at ioannis@newdiaspora.com

    November 1st, 2010, somewhere in the Netherlands from an anonymous friend

    First of November, the spirits are high, hundredandthirtysecond month in a row away from my homeland, and counting…

    Everything all right in general, work is fine, nine to five, with a cigarette break at 10, [...]

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  • Our little guesthouse

    Our little guesthouse

    Chrysoula Koutsouri, Munich (apomamasemama.com)

    Since we moved abroad, we have always taken for granted that we will spend Christmas with families and friends in Greece. Besides, as a good friend of mine recently said, if you do not share joyful moments with your own people, you lose everything. But this year for the first time we decided to stay at home.

    On the one side our recent move that has not let [...]

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  • Hand in Hand for Syria

    Hand in Hand for Syria

    by Angeliki Tsanikidou, London

    Like you, I have been following the news about Syria wondering how I can help instead of just looking and feeling sad. Civilians are being chased and murdered. Too many kids have lost their lives and too many families have been uprooted. If we cannot change politics and catastrophic ambition we can at least send direct help to civilians.

    ‘Hand in Hand For Syria’ works inside Syria. They’ve been at the [...]

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  • Greeks in Britain: the Director

    Greeks in Britain: the Director

    By Nefeli Agkyridou This article was originally posted on eugreeka.com

    They are young, beautiful, (not necessarily single) and they live among us. Greeks who left the warmth of their homeland to come to London, each one in a different period and for a different reason, speak to euGreeka. They talk about the reasons that brought them here, on how they made a new start professionally, about the difficulties they faced, what they miss from [...]

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  • Saint Nikolaus in Germany

    Saint Nikolaus in Germany

    Chrysoula Koutsouri, Munich (apomamasemama.com)

    Let’s say you are Greek and you raise your child in Germany. December begins. You buy a real tree, because here everybody does the same. Plus an Adventskranz (Christmas Wreath), because it is a nice custom. You light the first candle on the first of the four Sundays before Christmas. You get happy. You create an Advents Calendar and you fill it with gifts, one for [...]

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  • Οpposite Encounters

    Οpposite Encounters

    “Nowhere is perfect. Paradise does not exist. Every country, every city has its good and its not so good sides. You lose something, you win something. It’s all about what is your point of view, what counts more for you.”

    This story was originally published by Serendipitous Encounters. Do you have an interesting encounter to share with a new diaspora element? Serendipitous Encounters is open for submissions!

    Chrysoula Koutsouri, Munich

    Four [...]

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  • History Home Schooling

    History Home Schooling

    by Natalie Tzobanakis (“Where am I?”)

    We came to the US in 2012, when our three children were two, five and seven years old. From the start, an important concern I had regarding migration was the relationship my kids would develop with their motherland as time goes by. What will they feel about it if they grow up within American culture, which is so much different from the Greek one? How can [...]

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  • When water unites us… Dutch & Greek city makers meet in Thessaloniki

    When water unites us… Dutch & Greek city makers meet in Thessaloniki

    Nikos Koulousios for Hellas Pindakaas, Netherlands

    What does Thessaloniki sound like, smell like and feels like? What is the vibe of the city? What was a group of Dutch and German city-makers looking to find in Thessaloniki, when they visited the city last October? And did they find it?

    Hellas Pindakaas followed them on their journey, we recorded their story, their vision and experience of the city… and the [...]

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