The number of Greeks who moved abroad during the crisis

According to the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, more than 350,000 Greek citizens have abandoned their country during the ongoing 7-year economic recession.

GR migration stats 2010-2016

Most of the data was gathered directly from statistic bureaus and other official sources in destination countries. In some cases, the exact number of Greeks who registered in local municipalities or attained work permits is not known, and a rough estimate was provided instead. Greek embassies and consulates also contributed to the research, which still lacks reliable data from many countries that host a considerable number of Greek ‘neomigrants’ (such as France, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Ireland and almost all Balkan, African, Asian and Latin American countries). Chances are that the real number is much higher, reaching or even exceeding the 427,000 total recently announced in a Bank of Greece report.

For a small country with a total population around 11 million, these numbers are outstanding, especially if one considers that they correspond to a huge percentage among highly educated and multilingual young professionals. Despite all the financial “bail-outs” and political promises, the Greek brain drain continues…



  1. dimitrios says:

    Maybe someone wants to use raw numbers for an infographic or something similar, so I copied the diagram on the site in a csv, with a link to this page

  2. Dimitrios Karkamanis says:

    No statistics for Sweden!

  3. Angie Spiliotopoulou says:

    It would be more interesting -in order to have the whole image- to know as well, how many Greeks RETURNED from foreign countries because they didn’t find jobs,didn’t find what they were expecting or looking for….

  4. Konstantinos Lekkas says:

    For France as well!

  5. Yanis K says:

    The list is incomplete. Ireland has accepted a good few thousands of Greeks since 2010.

  6. Spiros Pythagoras says:

    Δεν είναι μόνον Brain Drain.Οι περισσότεροι Ελληνες που μένουν έξω είναι με πολύ καλά επίπεδα σπουδών,έτσι ας αναλογιστουμε τί έχει δαπανηθεί γιά να αποκτηθεί αυτό το μέσο επίπεδο σπουδών των ανθρώπων,και τις οποίες δαπάνες καρπουνται οι Χώρες Αποδοχής ώς Κεφάλαιο που θα επενδυθεί στις δικές τους κοινωνίες(όρα Έλληνες Ιατρούς στην Γερμανία).Κάντε ένα υπολογισμό που θέλει τον εργαζόμενο με Πανεπιστημιακές Σπουδές να έχει δαπάνησει γύρω στις 200.000 € γιά να φτάσει στο συγκεκριμένο γνωστικό επίπεδο, με τις 350.000Έλληνες που έφυγαν την τελευταία πενταετία και συνειδητοποιείστε τι αιμορραγία έχει υποστεί η Ελλάδα.350.000 ×200.000€=70δις€!!!!!.€ με πολλαπλασιαστή ανταπόδοσης στην κοινωνία Τεράστιο.Ατυχώς η ζημιά μπορεί να είναι ανεπανόρθωτη…. γιά άλλη μιά φορά το Ελληνικό DNA θα γίνει μπόλι και λίπασμα σε 《Μακρυνά Χωράφια》με την ελπίδα της Δημιουργίας ενός Νέου Ελληνισμού της Διασποράς.Τελικά μόνο από εκεί μπορεί να προκύψει Νέος Καποδίστριας γιά την Ελλάδα.Τα υπάρχοντα Ελληνικά Κομματικά καλούπια είναι ” χτυπημένα ” και δεν γεννούν ηγέτες,μόνον μικρόνοους διαχειριστές.

  7. Jenn says:

    In the area where I live in Munich there’s loads of “new” young Greeks…it’s great.

  8. Jenn says:

    And in my home town in Scotland almost all dentists are now Greeks who came in the last few years. They seem to be replacing the retiring Scottish dentists.

  9. liz says:

    Hi, I’m Liz Alderman, a journalist at the New York Times. I have done alot of reporting on the Greek crisis. I am interested in finding communities of Greeks who moved abroad, mainly in Europe, during the crisis and settled down. This year (2018), as Greece finally officially moves to exit the bailout and the government claims the economy is improving, I am looking to speak to Greeks who may decide to stay abroad and not return to Greece anyway.

    Jenn, I was interested to see your comments that in your hometown in Scotland, nearly all dentists are Greeks who came in the last several years. Would it be possible to contact you for more info?

    And if anyone here has insights on Greek disapora communities in Europe, I would be keen to hear from you.

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