Homelessness in Greece

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Homelessness in Greece is a significant social issue, one that is estimated to affect over 20,000 people in Athens alone.[1]

Some researchers point to problems of weak data, resulting in significant challenges to documenting both visible and hidden homelessness in Greece.[2] Despite the deterioration of the problem, policies have been developed to address the issue.[3]

One study found that in Athens, the majority of homeless individuals became homeless in the past five years.[4] Some news reports stated that economic hardship has led to a rise in homeless children in Greece.[5] Many of these children are between the ages of 5 and 14.[6]

Scholars maintain that the issue of homeless children in Greece is an under-researched area, with weak policy responses. It is a problem associated with recent patterns of migration to Greece, mainly from Albania.[7]


  1. ^ Kottasova, Ivana (12 July 2015). "Greece crisis: Sleeping on the streets of Athens".
  2. ^ Kokosalakis, Nikos, and Effie Fokas. "Welfare and Values in Europe." (2007).
  3. ^ Kourachanis, Nikos. "Confronting homelessness in Greece during at time of crisis." Social Cohesion and Development 10, no. 2 (2016): 113-129.
  4. ^ "Majority of Athens homeless ended up on street in past five years, study finds - Kathimerini".
  5. ^ "Children abandoned by Greek parents as cuts also sees country running out of medicine".
  6. ^ Korologou, Maria. "Thousands of Children Live on the Street - GreekReporter.com".
  7. ^ Altanis, Panagiotis, and Jim Goddard. "Street children in contemporary Greece." Children & society 18, no. 4 (2004): 299-311.