Migration and factors of economic and social isolation: Problems and policy suggestions, Tribune of Social Science, 36: 5-25, 2003

Migration and factors of economic and social isolation: Problems and policy suggestions, Tribune of Social Science, 36: 5-25 (2003, in common with D. Salamouris)

The purpose of this study is to examine the demographic and social characteristics of Ethnic Greeks from the former USSR and the extent to which these characteristics resulted into factors affecting their socioeconomic integration into the Greek labour market. In a sample of 6,994 respondents, the demographic statistics show a healthy population from a demographic point of view (age pyramid), with satisfactory professional experience and a high level of education. The unemployment rates for all population age groups in both sexes are quite higher than the average level of unemployment in Greece. One of the most important reasons for the high unemployment rate seems to be the inadequate knowledge of the Greek language and the difficulty of adaptation in the reality of the free market in Greece. The results show in general that this population group presents acute signs of social exclusion.