Approaching the Border Ethnographically. The Case of the Reception and Identification Center in the Village Fylakio of Evros (Master thesis)

Ψιλλούδη, Χρυσούλα/ Psilloudi, Chrysoula

As a river, Evros crosses Bulgaria, forming a dividing point between Greece and Turkey, ending in the Thracian Sea. As a prefecture, it is located in the North-Eastern part of Greece, which is why it is considered by many to be a "hardline" border. This happens because its position between Greece and Bulgaria on the North side and between Greece and Turkey on the East creates a Trinational, a fact that on the one hand impresses and on the other hand worries. In recent years, the refugee phenomenon has been a major issue for both the Greek state and the local community since large flows of irregularly arriving asylum seekers reach the banks of the river and the wider area of Evros. The present study, therefore, concerns a particularly sensitive social issue and aims to investigate and highlight the opinions of the residents of this uncritical area regarding the existence of the closed Reception & Identification Center in the village of Fylakio of Evros, but also with a possible symbiosis of people in the area with irregularly entrants-asylum-seekers in the future. In addition, the goal of the research was to highlight the opinions of the people who work in guarding the Center and come into closer and more frequent contact with the immigrants.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Emigration and immigration--Social aspects
Keywords: Κέντρο υποδοχής και ταυτοποίησης,Μετανάστευση,Σύνορα,Διαπολιτισμική ετοιμότητα,Reception and identification center,Village Fylakio of Evros,Immigration,Borders,Intercultural readiness,Φυλάκιο Έβρου

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