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Document Details :
Title: Muslim Civilians, Muslim Immigrants
Subtitle: Religious Inclusion and Exclusion in Greece
Author(s): MELETSI, Kyriaki
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 26 Issue: 2 Date: 2016
Greece has recently been at the forefront of the refugee crisis that is still impacting Europe and, indeed, the wider world. These refugees, who to a large degree are Muslims fleeing the land of their birth now mired in protracted chaos, confusion and destruction, simply desire to immigrate to a European land of peace and stability. Although the scale is vast, the fundamental dynamic is not. Muslim populations have flowed in and out of Greece before. Some have settled and, over time, have become Greek citizens. Others have had a dubious status as ‘undocumented immigrants’ even before the latest flow of immigrant refugees; whilst yet others are documented as immigrants but not citizens as such. This paper explores the situation of Muslims, and so too Islam, within the Greek context past and present, paying particular attention to the nature of the reception and status of Muslims as a minority group or groups.