Public mood: solidarity for “the others in need”
Most Greeks tend to be very supportive of the refugees. We see ordinary people offering their country houses to refugee families with small children, and NGOs and citizens’ initiatives involved in primary health care and basic services.
Some extreme negative reactions are occasionally manifested by nationalists, but they cannot overpower the overall benevolent reactions of the majority. The Greek media helped a lot in drawing public opinion towards the refugees’ conditions. Combined with the economic and social crisis Greece is going through for the seventh consecutive year, the refugees became in a sense the “others in need” (probably even more in need) for many Greeks. With Greece’s impoverished state structure stretched to breaking point, refugees have been dependent on the kindness of strangers.
Better planning and counseling is needed.
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