Greeks Fleeing Crisis For Astoria, N.Y.

Astoria_PinosGreece’s crushing economic crisis has flooded Dimitris Pinos with Greek applicants looking for work at his supermarket in the heavily-Greek-American neighborhood of Astoria, N.Y., people who’ve fled their homeland in search of a better life.

Pinos has been the manager Mediterranean Foods for 33 years and said he’s overwhelmed with Greeks who’ve moved to the area looking for work the New York Daily News reported. He said at least 10 a day come in looking for a job.

One of them, is 25-year-old Danae Vasiliadou, who relocated three months ago from Thessaloniki to Queens. “It doesn’t really feel like I moved to the States. It’s like I moved to a village in Greece. Everybody is Greek, the places are Greek,” she saids

Nicholas Alexiou, professor of sociology at Queens College, noted: “With the economic crisis deepening, about 5,000 Greeks fled their homeland for Astoria in the past year, compared to about 2,000 a year in the previous half decade.” Alexiou has been studying Greek immigration to Astoria over the last 20 years.

He then continues by adding that most Greek immigrants, who now move to Astoria, are mainly professionals. They happen to be either doctors, teachers or just people who have some kind of degree already in Greece, and they are only willing to take any job to support their family and themselves.

Another example is 22-year-old George Hatzopoulos. Raised in a suburb of Athens, during the past three years he has been living in Astoria, along with his grandparents. He is a part-time student at Queensborough Community College, juggles two jobs and interns at a music studio in Long Island City. These two young people, Vasiliadou and Hatzopoulos, are a small sampling of the new wave of immigration due to the tough economic period crisis-stricken Greece has been struggling with, the newspaper noted.

The first wave of immigrants arrived in Astoria back in 1920 and the second between 1965 and 1980. The extended article concludes by stating that for as long as Greece continues to navigate rough economic waters, Astoria continues to be a beacon of hope for many Greek immigrants.


5 COMMENTS

  1. With all the Greeks becoming “Meta-Nasty” (immigrants), will the Golden Dawn in NY complain about all these immigrants coming to the USA. Just curious to see if there is a double standard with their own “Meta-Nasty” people? See, my complaint is that if you are against immigration this should apply world-wide or it’s just hypocrisy.

    And to be clear, as a Macedonian (not FYROM) troll pretending to be an American, who knows a lot about Greece, I can say all this. (THIS OBLIGATORY STATEMENT WAS JUST FOR THOSE PEOPLE ON THE GREEK REPORTER WHO ALWAYS TRY TO SLIGHT ANY POSTER WHO DISAGREES WITH GREEKS AS SOME SORT OF “ALBANIAN-FYROM CONSPIRACY THEORY PERSON).
    The funny thing is that they think that this would be a bad thing??
    Good people exist all over the world, even in Macedonia (US calls it that, so that’s what’s important to me), or the Macedonian province of Greece.

  2. There are no “brave men” and Patriots left in Greece they’re leaving and all that is left here is a bunch of frightened COWARDS still voting for the same incredibly corrupt and rotten PASOK & ND criminals!
    Democracy, love of one’s own country and freedom in Greece is finished!

  3. GREEK IMMIGRANTS ADJUST VERY WELL TO OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES. THEY DO NOT COME TO DESTROY AND ROB AND RAPE LIKE THE MUJOS.

    • Ivo, actually the Greeks in early America did commit crimes but sure most were not illegals. Google Omaha riots to learn about what happened. Also, the KKK (Ku-Klux Klan) considered Greeks as black people in the early days. So, not a nice thing for you to make racist considering the same thing happened to us greeks.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here