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Accepted Paper:

Employment strategies among refugees in Northern Greece  
Georgia Sarikoudi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Paper short abstract:

This presentation aims to present the dynamic formation of social network of these people, how they perceive work as a means of social inclusion and what are the processes through which they are looking for a job.

Paper long abstract:

Since 2014 hundreds of thousands of people have made their way from Asia to Europe via Greece. Those who safely arrived were settled in transitory hosting structures across the country. Although refugees are aware or hope that their stay in these places will be temporary, they follow practices (form interpersonal relationships with NGO's, other refugees, local community) negotiating their presence in the new environment. Access to the labor market is a primary objective of refugees to become self-sufficient, to improve their daily lives and thus be able to integrate into the host country.

This presentation aims to present the dynamic formation of social network of these people, how they perceive work as a means of social inclusion and what are the processes through which they are looking for a job. It is grounded in material collected during field research from September 2018 to March 2019 for the research program "From the boat to the apartment" of Aristotle University Taking into account refugees' multiple and diverse identities with reference to age, gender, ethnicity, legal status and class in this presentation we seek to highlight the problems of refugee employment and provide a more complete understanding of the strategies they follow for their social integration.

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Works and lives: new perspectives on economy and livelihoods in Mediterranean Anthropology [Mediterraneanist Network (MedNet)]