The Greek city of Thessaloniki are open to enhancing business ties with the Philippines. Thessaloniki located in northern Greece, is the country’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe.
According to official Greek statistics, there were 5,000 Filipinos in Greece in 1991, which declined to 2,000 by 1996. In reality, there were many more working in the country illegally. The Philippine community have set up a school for their children in downtown Athens.
A large proportion are women (81% in 1999), who generally find employment as domestic workers.