The economic crisis that Greece is faced with since 2010 together with its multifaceted economic, social and political ramifications has amplified the significance and volume of the Greek diasporic communities. The new emigration wave primarily concerns younger and educated Greeks thus draining Greece of one of its most productive population segments. Despite the significance of this phenomenon however, the political discourse in Greece has not paid sufficient attention to the Diaspora issue, its rights and capabilities for political participation.

The political participation of diasporic communities could play a significant role in several dimensions of public life, notably foreign policy, and contribute to the economic development of Greece through knowledge transfers as well as the social capital of Greek intellectuals abroad. Bringing together academics, politicians and technocrats this event aims to shed light to different aspects of the issue of diasporic political participation and bring to the fore the discussion about the right of Greeks abroad to vote and its potential consequences. The first panel, comprising academics, will focus on aspects of diasporic political participation, identifying fields, actors and well as the means through which it can materialise.  The second panel will involve politicians who will address the potentials, complications and limits in the right of vote among the Greeks abroad.

Diaspora and political participation in Greek political affairs
Monday 29 October 2018, 18:00-20:30
Stegi Grammaton kai Technon
Onassis Cultural Centre
18:00-19.15 Diaspora and political participation
Othon Anastasakis (Director, South East European Studies at Oxford, Senior Research Fellow, St
Antony’s College, Oxford)
Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Professor of Public Law, University of Oxford)
Alexander Kitroeff (Associate Professor of History, Haverford College)
Anna Irene Baka (Scientific Associate, Greek National Commission for Human Rights)
Dimitris Christopoulos (Professor of Comparative Politics, Panteion University)
19.15-20.30: The diasporic vote
Lamprini Rori (Lecturer in Politics, University of Exeter)
Stavros Theodorakis (Leader of the Party to Potami)
Kostas Bakoyannis (Regional Governor of Central Greece)
Kyriakos Pierrakakis (Director of Research, DiaNEOsis)
Kostas Poulakis (Secretary General, Hellenic Ministry of the Interior)
The event is co-organized by the Greek Diaspora Project at South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), of the University of Oxford, the Greek Politics Specialist Group - Political Studies Association and the research and policy institute DiaNEOsis and is supported by the Onassis Foundation.