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Greeks in Albania[edit]

The Greek diaspora refers to the greek communities established by immigrants outside the traditional greek homelands.thus,the Greeks in turkey and albania do not fit in this category.--Hectorian 12:40, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Tell user:Athenean: He claims that 300k greeks flew to Albania recently, even though one of the references that he brings clearly states that those aliens are only 58k (Albanian Govt). Well next year the Albanian census will be done again, let's see if Athenean will care about that. I ain't doing any edit-warring with him though, don't have the time.sulmues (talk)--Sulmues 22:20, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

General Secretary of Greeks Abroad[edit]

I reverted the edits of gsal,cause they were based in a huge variety of sources(censa as old as 1989,estimations by organisations,etc) which all had as a common characteristic the chose of the minimum number.Not that other estimations and censa cannot be used,but i think it would be more suitable to be used along with the official greek estimations.--Hectorian 19:38, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm sorry you felt you have to revert these figures as I suspect gsal was much closer to reality than you are. In all Greek encyclopedias of the 20th century (Megali Elliniki Engiclopedia, Hlios, Pagosmia Geografia Dimitrakou etc and up to 74) you get consistent figures for Greeks abroad for example Greeks in USA 400,000 (1932), 700,000 (1955), 850,000 (1969). After 74 in an Orwellian fashion one reads in every Greek reference, figures ranging from 3,000,000 to 5,000,000! Same goes for other countries. Short of a unique and extremely high birth rate among Greeks abroad or a mass exodus from Greece around 74 this is obviously wrong. There is a bias in what you call official Greek estimations (in reality SAE estimations) originating in efforts after 1974 to keep the 7 to 10 balance in military aid between Greece & Turkey in USA congress as well as Macedonia name war in USA, Canada, Australia, UK. One way was to inflate Greek diaspora numbers for obvious reasons. This has led into a generation of Greeks failing victims of their own propaganda, analysis in newspapers by academics and so called top opinion makers as to why Greek lobby is not as effective as the Hebrew one in USA although similar in members (in reality about 15%) and the like. We even had Ukrainian high ranking officials asking for Greek help among other reasons because of the sizeable Greek populace in Ukraine of 400,000!...when for the whole of the Soviet Union this was close to 400,000 and according to the latest census in Ukraine real figure is less than 100,000. Given that search and not just believing, is a Greek tradition how about questioning those official figures? --Marksg 11:42, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Let me answer to u according to what u said. the number of the Greeks in USA, since this is what u mentioned first, can either include people by solely greek ancestry, by primarily greek ancestry and people of mixed ancestry that had at least one greek ancestor(partial ancestry). i can't see why you object on that, giving the fact that even in the american censa, the numbers are debatable: see the population of German Americans in the 1990 and 2000 censa respectively: [1], [2]. was there a mass genocide or an exodus concerning them? the population figures on the table of this page are based on official greek estimates(mostly) that agree with the community estimates of the countries they refer too. in addition, even the ukrainian officials were talking about a higher number (personaly, never heard of that before). so, how can u persuade anyone that u are saying something more, than simply your POV? 'naming dispute'...'military balance'...these are just your own analysis and cannot be considered NPOV here... --Hectorian 13:56, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the response Hectorian. I take it you regard as POV the reasons I state for the sudden inflation of Greek Diaspora numbers from Greek sources after 1974 and not the "7/10" or "naming dispute" themselves which did take place. If so I have to agree. It’s a POV. Now the 18 mil fewer responses and 8 mil increase in Americans regarding themselves as of American origin, I think are more likely reasons for the missing Germans. As for the Greeks though we have an almost perfect fit. Can we ignore this? The 1,150,000 number given in census is of Greek-Americans with either full or partial Greek ancestry. I suppose we regard as Greek the person of Diaspora who regards himself/herself Greek For a more balanced view from minisrty of foreign affairs [3]--Marksg 09:51, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

So, i guess u are either greek or u know greek (since u provide a link written in greek). according to your logic, 18=8..., right?even if we accept that 8 mill german-americans stated simply 'americans' in the 2000 census, 10 mil are still "missing". not to forget that u do not have not even one (!!!!!!!!) source claiming that the rise of people of ';american ancestry' in the USA, all comes from former german-americans. i challenge u to gimme a source about that, and i am 100% sure that u won't... honestly, i believe that u are allowed to have your POV (no matter if it is based somewhere or not...). but what u are doing in this article, is simply trolling... u are obsessed in making the Greeks look fewer (as if we are many....!!!!)(pls do not force me to search and find the cases where u tried to reduce the number of the greeks...). u should provide a source that backs up your POV (and this source, surely is not the USA census). leave your speculations for the forums and talkpages. --Hectorian 03:13, 21 May 2006 (UTC)
 U didn't notice the 18 mil fewer responses. But I guess the quest for the numbers for Germans belong to another page. 

U say that figures from Greek ministry of foreign affairs should be accepted here and I provided another link from the same source giving another figure, much less to what you are all too eager to accept. Mind you these figure comes from a study of the Aegean Uni for the Greek diaspora. It happens to fit much better with what US census gives, as no of Greeks in USA and to many pre 74 figures given by other Greek sources. Are these quotes, POV and is there a conspiracy/obsession to reduce the no of Greeks worldwide? Is the Aegean Uni and the Greek foreign ministry part of it?--Marksg 08:44, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Greeks in Brazil[edit]

There are 50,000 ethnic Greeks in Brazil (, link Estatísticas Gerais: Imigrantes e Descendentes)

Surprising this article would cite sources with such low numbers compared to that. On top of that, those 50,000 are apparently just in Sao Paulo alone. I'm going to change this, especially since that site is by the Brazilian government.Griegomd (talk) 05:31, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

That number includes the descendants of those inmigrants, which naturally gives a bigger number. The lower number is from the Greek government, while the bigger number is not from the Brazilian goverment directly, but from the municipal government of Sao Paulo. --Enric Naval (talk) 05:12, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

External Links Addition[edit]

Hello, I would like to offer a greek diaspora website to be considered for inclusion as an external link. The website is and it is a non-commercial website devoted to informing the greek diaspora community about their homeland and it's current political and social climate and how it effects them. This includes conducting interviews with greek diasporans and discussing an oral history of their lives. I believe a review of the website will confirm that is inline with #5 of the code for 'What should be linked to' on wiki's (

Sites with other meaningful, relevant content that is not suitable for inclusion in an article, such as professional athlete statistics, screen credits, interviews, or online textbooks.

Thank you, I ask that you take this edit under consideration for the furthering of the greek diasporan community and in an effort to better inform ourselves of our greek heritage and connect that to the Greece of today.

Thank you, vasigus

  • Connects millions of people of Greek descent back to their homeland and each other

Greeks in United Kingdom[edit]

The number of Greeks in the Uk seems way to small here. The Hellenic Ministory of Foreign Affairs states that there are 35,000 Greeks just studying in the UK. The number of Greeks in the UK must be much greater.

Greeks in Greece are diapsora?[edit]

Why is the population of Greeks in Greece and Cyprus (possibly Turkey too) in this page? This page is not a census on Greeks worldwide, as diaspora means; (in Greek, διασπορά – "a scattering or sowing of seeds") is used (without capitalization) to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands. An explanation please? Chaldean 04:36, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

It helps put the other numbers in context, and if we remove Greece and Cyprus, then we will also have to remove other "traditional ethnic homelands" such as Turkey and Albania and other places. This could give rise to POV pushing when deciding what to remove. Much better to include everything.--Domitius 08:24, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
It helps put the other numbers in context - dont know what you mean by that? Chaldean 05:13, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

The Greek Diaspora Informational Sites[edit]

I'd like to put forth a suggestion for the inclusion of sites such as into the external links section of this article. is a site designed to keep the Diaspora abreast of itself, with stories of international interest as well as regional specificity, it feels like anyone who is making use of this Wiki would find it equally informative. ~Matt 14:33 16 March 2007

Greeks in Ireland[edit]

According to the 2006 Irish Census, there are 471 Greeks living in the Republic of Ireland. (See page 2) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jvlm.123 (talkcontribs) 08:25, 7 April 2007 (UTC).


According to the factbook, the estimated total pop. of Greece is 10,706,290 in 2007, your number is 90% of it. Where did you get this 90%? According to the factbook, in 2001, 93% of people in Greece were ethnic Greek (or maybe Greek citizens, I am confused by the remark following it:"note: percents represent citizenship, since Greece does not collect data on ethnicity"). In any case, in my opinion, we should not write there 93% of 10,706,290 either, as we don't know that it is 93% in 2007. Lets avoid original research. Albanian case is similar. The number for Cyprus is 'better' (not rounded) in this version. DenizTC 20:14, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Greeks in Ethiopia[edit]

Expatriat Greeks have made Ethiopia their home for a number of centuries. I don't know who was the first to do so, but numerous Greeks held posts under different Emperors at least as early as Iyasu II. -- llywrch 03:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Sorted by lower estimates?[edit]

Why not sort by higher estimates, as those estimates usually include more people of Greek descent rather than simply Greek nationals? Griegomd (talk) 09:55, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Greeks in Cyprus[edit]

Would this be really part of the Greek diaspora? Because it is considered a Greek homeland, too, and the Greek Cypriots themselves have their own diaspora. Onur (talk) 22:30, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

I can't see Greeks in Cyprus being considered a diaspora. Did you mean Greek Cypruits in other countries, like in Britian? Chaldean (talk) 23:40, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Yeah. I don't see why Cyprus on the Greek diaspora list. Onur (talk) 17:44, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
The table is called Greeks outside of Greece hence allowing for the inclusion of Cyprus. Agreed it is not part of the New Diaspora and is considered a Greek homeland. By that reasoning so should Turkey, Albania, Italy etc where Greek has been spoken for almost three thousand years. So defining what constitutes Diaspora for the Greeks might be tricky.Xenovatis (talk) 07:08, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
Greek Cypriots are Greeks, so this is a tautology.--   Avg    23:50, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
    • '...So defining what constitutes Diaspora for the Greeks might be tricky.'

I think Cypriot Greeks should be included in the diaspora, there are a lot of grey areas out there, and cyprus is one of them...I think the 'diaspora' should be considered anyone of Greek ancestry outside of Greece; all non-Greek Greeks.

The communities in Cyprus and Italy in my opinion have their own dialect of Greek, own culture, and their own differentiated identity (be it in terms of customs, etc-are Griko speakers predominantly orthodox or catholic?? i dunno..), and I dont believe they identify with the Greek identity or nation in quite the same way as Greek Greeks do. I dont actually know what the Griko speakers of Italy or Cypriots think-just wanted to float the idea out there. Although Cyprus and Pontus, and Southern Italy all have a lot of Greek history-it isnt Greece; they are all COLONIES and the Greeks there live outside the Greek HOMELAND. my thoughts, (talk) 06:51, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

"I dont believe they identify with the Greek identity or nation in quite the same way as Greek Greeks do."
This is incorrect. Greek Cypriots and people in Greece do consider themselves one nation. One nation with two states, and they share a common contemporary culture, not just a past. In the Greek language, there's two separate words for "Greek". "Ellines", which refers to people of Greek culture, includes Greek-Cypriots. "Elladites" refers specifically to the residents of the Greek Republic. Cyprus shouldn't be part of the diaspora. It's part of the homeland. Anyone that disagrees then should consider amending the figure for people of Greek ancestry living in the UK, since the vast majority of UK Greeks are of Greek-Cypriot ancestry, and not from the Greek Republic. As for the Griko people: they've been isolated from Greece & Cyprus for quite some time, so they're a different story, and their origins are unclear (Southern Italy has gone back-and-forth throughout history between being Greek-speaking and being Latin-speaking. The Griko communities are remnants of Greek-speaking times). Skyduster (talk) 06:37, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

We shall[edit]

double check the numbers and use official up to date statistics for citation.For example in Egypt used to be a large community of 350,000 but the were expelled by Nasser.Now there are more like 3-4,000 as remnants.So what's the use of having the former number too in the table?--Ioannes Tzimiskes (talk) 09:45, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Well its part of a mindset that inflates numbers to increase significance...hence what a Greek radio station claims in London becomes a possible truth, same with figures from USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Not very Greek (Leonidas fought with 300 not 300K) or clever (koutoponiro) but not only Greek (check other balkan nation pages)! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Marksg (talkcontribs) 10:37, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Greeks of venice are 'lost to history'??[edit]

How is this true and why, and when did it happen...that sentence leaves you dangling on a cliff without elaboration. (talk) 06:35, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Not diplomatic personel[edit]

For those countries with fewer than 50 Greeks, I hope we are not counting amongst them Greek diplomatic personel - for instance in Cuba. Politis (talk) 21:27, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Rank column in table[edit]

Does the rank column in the table have any importance or functionality? It does not really denote rank (i.e. as per larger number of Greeks) as this can only be determined by the official data, and it does not have meaning as order, as the order can be deduced anyhow by any of the sortable columns(alphabetic country, greater to lesser population numbers, and so on) Gts-tg (talk) 18:38, 13 December 2014 (UTC)