Refugees as resources for development

Lessons from 1922 and prospects
Thessaloniki 23-24/ 9/2022

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of 1922
2022 will be dedicated to the "refugee phenomenon"

The gradual inclusion of refugees from Asia Minor, Pontus and other areas of population exchange was an important part of the economic development and modernisation of the society in Greece.

Research has been conducted since the 1920s documenting the economic contribution of refugees to the development of the host country (Aigidis 1928).

The keywords ‘development’, ‘refugees’ are conceptually and theoretically charged terms because of the multiple and conflicting views and interpretations often identified with the developmental policies which are sometimes applied to expatriate populations in specific areas like Africa and Middle East.


Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, Laboratory of Culture, Borders and Gender, Department of Economics, Laboratory of Economic and Social Research, Department of Music Science and Arts, MA in “History, Anthropology and Culture in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, MA in “Human Rights and Migration Studies”

Scientific Committee:

  • Eleni Gavra (Prof., UoM)
  • Eftihia Voutira (Prof. Emerita UoM)
  • Fotini Tsimbiridou (Prof. UoM)
  • Konstantinos Tsitselikis (Prof. UoM)
  • Eleftherios Tsοulfidis Prof. UoM)
  • Theodosios Karvounarakis (Prof. UoM)
  • Eleni Sideri (Assist. Prof. UoM)
  • Eleni Kallimopoulou (Assist. Prof. UoM)
  • Eleftherios Tsikouridis (Assist. Prof. UoM)
  • Alexandra Ioannidou (Prof. UoM)
  • Nikolaos Zaikos (Ass. Prof. UoM)
  • Ioannis Manos (Assoc. Prof. UoM)
  • Stavroula Mavrogeni (Assoc. Prof. UoM)
  • Nikolaos Liazos (Assist. Prof. UoM)

Organising Committee:

  • Eleni Gavra (Prof. UoM)
  • Eleni Sideri (Assist. Prof. UoM)
  • Anna Moumtzoglou (Special Tech. Staff, UoM)
  • Styliani Letsiou (Adjunct Faculty, MA in Human Rights and Migration Studies UoM)
  • Dorotheos Orphanides (Postdoctoral Fellow UoM)
  • Stefanos Katsoulis (PhD Candidate UoM)
  • Eleni Charalampidou (PhD Candidate UoM)

Place and manner:

The conference will take place at University of Macedonia – Thessaloniki in a hybrid way

Company for the Development and Management of the Property of University of Macedonia, Economic and Social Sciences

Keynote speakers:

Georgios Kritikos
Professor of Historical Geography, Department of Geography, Harokopio University

Artemi Xanthopoulou – Kiriakou
Emeritus Professor, Department
Of History and Archeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Lois Lambrianidis
Economic geographer, former Professor, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, f.Secretary General for Private Investments Ministry of Economy Development

Olga Demetriou
Associate Professor,
Durham Global Security Institute, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Athanasios Papathemelis
Ministry of Immigration and Asylum

Roger Zetter
Professor Emeritus in Refugee Studies, Refugee Studies Centre,
University of Oxford

Petros Mastakas
Protection Officer (a.i.), UNHCR

Elisavet Kontogiorgi
Director of Research, Research Center for the History of Modern Hellenism, Academy of Athens

Interested parties:

Interested parties should send until 30/4/2022, a title, a summary (300 words), 5 keywords and 1-2 reference titles, as well as a short bio (5 lines) to: 🔗

Registration for the conference: 50€.
PhD. candidates: 25€.
Bank account Piraeus Bank:
ΙΒΑΝ: GR1901722020005202012776284
(Please note: Refugees & Growth 2022)
Undergraduate and postgraduate students: Free of charge.

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