The only thing necessary for the persistence of evil is for enough good people to do nothing

I Want To Go Home

An article by Malcolm Brabant, published in Kathimerini

I have been observing the immigrant since before Christmas. He never seems to make a sale, despite being rooted to the spot through the hours of daylight. I wonder if the farmer pays him commission only. His features are a mask of resignation, loneliness and sadness. If I can sense the antipathy of the Greeks who pass by without purchasing, then so can he, a thousand times. He is a foreigner, or “xenos,” the Greek noun that is the root of the word xenophobia. The government, correctly judging the country’s rising anti-immigrant sentiment, wants him and his kind to go home. The poor, dispossessed and oppressed of Asia, the Middle East and Africa are walking in a never-ending tide toward Europe. Ninety percent of them enter through Greece’s border with Turkey. They are driven by visions of prosperity in Britain, Germany, France and Scandinavia, where they believe they will quickly earn the 10,000 dollars or so, plus interest, needed to repay the trafficking gangs which cynically exploit their dreams. Once in Greece, most find themselves trapped, incapable of proceeding westward, and, having discarded their passports in an attempt to claim political asylum, unable to return home. Greece is being swamped and cannot withstand this burden, says Christos Papoutsis, the immaculately suited and booted Socialist who runs the Ministry of Citizens’ Protection.

Read the full article in Kathimerini


  1. Margaret
    February 9, 2011    

    I listened to Malcolm Brabant reporting from Greece in Radio 4’s “From Our Own Correspondent” this week ( More of the same stories, but horrifying statistics of the percentage of illegal immigrants entering the EU through the Greek border. The picture painted was of an unsustainable situation that is neither in the immigrants interests nor in those of Greece. Very sad.

  2. Soula
    February 10, 2011    

    Yes this is very sad, but its also sad so many Greeks out of work and we can not even do right by our own people…much less these poor souls.

    Its too bad Pakistan has money for nuclear weapons but not for her people and its also sad that the religion of peace that is the majority religion in Turkey and Iran and Kuwait etc. could not help there fellow Muslims…only Europe is seen as salvation.

    Anyway this is sad I wish there were jobs for Greeks and non-Greeks too. But since there are none the EU and Greece must come up with funds to send these illegals back to their home.