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Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Migration News: Southern Europe

Greece. A strawberry grower and three foremen went on trial in June 2014, charged with grievous bodily harm to 28 Bangladeshis who were injured when they were shot while protesting unpaid wages in April 2013. The 28 injured Bangladeshis were given temporary protection in Greece; another 100 Bangladeshis at the farm are believed to still be in Greece.

Greece's economy shrank by a quarter between 2008 and 2014, and the unemployment rate was 27 percent in spring 2014. Greek public debt is 175 percent of GDP, and is projected to decline slowly under economic reforms that are being guided by the EU and IMF, which praised the Greek government for reducing its workforce (at one point, a quarter of Greeks worked for the government) and improving tax collections. The European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF provided $325 billion in loans to Greece since 2010.

To shrink public employment, 25,000 government workers were put on reduced pay for eight months and fired if they did not find another public sector job during that period. Greek courts have ruled that these terminations of government workers were unlawful, and ordered the government to rehire the fired workers.

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  • Migration News

    Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Sloan Program On Science and Engineering Workers

    Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face

    Changing Face

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.