Absence of a 'community' and spatial invisibility : migrants from Albania in Greece and the case of Thessaloniki
Title: Absence of a 'community' and spatial invisibility : migrants from Albania in Greece and the case of Thessaloniki
Author: KOKKALI, Ifigeneia
Citation: Frank ECKARDT and John EADE (eds), Ethnically diverse city, Berlin : Berliner-Wissenschaafts-Verlag, 2011, Future urban research in Europe ; 4, pp. 85-114
The intention of this paper is to shed some light on the mode of organization of the Albanian immigration in Greece. Firstly we intend to maintain a hypothesis of a noncommunitarian organization of this particular migration. For this purpose we explore the Albanians’ social networks. Then, we make a second assumption: their diffusion. in the urban space as well as the absence of any ethnic infrastructure suggest a spatial invisibility of the Albanians in the Greek city. Exploring the example of Thessaloniki, the second largest Greek city after Athens, we will maintain that Albanians’ non-communitarian social insertion is reflected in the urban space: despite their large numbers in Thessaloniki, there is no evidence of any ethnicized district.
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