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Racism in Athens

In recent years there have been a lot of immigrants migrating to Greece. With the economic crisis effecting the rest of the world, people from third world countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan come to the nearest country which is Greece. This migration craze is also stirring up controversy in Athens, immigrants in Athens mostly live in the center if the city such as Omonia and Agio Pantelemonas. Greek residents that are living there have negative reactions because they are scared that there won’t be any jobs left for the Greek natives.
Two men and one woman were expected to go on trial on Monday, December 12, 2011, for attacking a 24 year old Afghan man in Athens earlier this year. On September 16, 2011, Ali Rahimi was beaten on the head with a bottle and stabbed in the chest and back. There were others involved in the attack on that day. About 15 people surrounded Rahimi and two other Afghans on the Athens neighborhood of Agio Pantelimonas before being attacked.
According to Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch says ‘The prosecution of this vicious attack sends an important message but it is the tip of the iceberg.” In April 2011 a large group attacked the Somali community center injuring 10 Somalis and destroying the center. The Pakistani Community if Greece has documented attacks on 60 Pakistani men in the first three months of 2011.
A recent poll was done on Racism in Europe by BBC News in the U.K. France topped the Euro racism poll by 38% of the French people describing themselves as racists. In Germany 23% described themselves as racists and 22% of Spaniards had similar views. The survey was published in a French newspaper in Paris and said that racism was found mainly among farmers, shopkeepers and tradesmen. But among the young French groups there is a strong support for integration in France.

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