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Vulnerable social groups in Greece - Read about the conference and register today!

The Representation of the European Commission to Greece and other partners, including ALDA, are organizing the International Scientific Conference "SYN-POLITEIA 2017".





Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1 2017

Time: 09:00 am- 7pm

Hotel  Titania (Panepistimiou 52, Athens)


The current economic crisis in Greece hasled to an alarming rise of the poverty and social exclusion rates. According to a recent OECD study, 1/3 of Greek population lives in poverty conditions while the high unemployment rates worsen further the existing social unrest.

This economic crisis has shaped a complex social status quo in which the vulnerable social groups have been the first “victims”, living in high risk of poverty and social exclusion. As the European Commission states, ‘on the one side the inequalities gap between the vulnerable social groups and the rest of population widens and on the other side the number of these groups is multiplied’. The vulnerable social groups (persons with special needs, elderly people, minorities, drug users, etc.) have been enriched with the single-parent families and the in-work poor. Apart from this, the existing social changes have affected the social structures and thus ad hoc sensitive groups have been created, for example families with the couple living in different countries due to migration. Lastly, the current migration and refugee crisis has put forward new social needs such as the primary care for migrants and refugees (healthcare, etc.) as well as their social integration through their formal and informal education and socialization processes.


This conference aims at presenting a series of contemporary research results and policy proposals for vulnerable social groups and relative thorny social issues.

  • What are the key characteristics of the vulnerable social groups and what are the main challenges these groups face?
  • Which social groups have been more affected by the economic crisis and how do they cope with it?
  • How do the state and non-state actors have mainstreamed the EU policy tools?
  • How do refugees and migrants as well as the local population perceive the refugee and migration crisis? What are the main challenges for Greece and for Europe?
  • How can the civil society organizations react and act?


At a second level, the conference aims at building partnerships and co-operations between organizations, foundations and associations (at a national or international level) that promote human rights protection and coordinate programs which both focus on social integration and solidarity andcombat social exclusion. In any case, it is expected that a common ground for further cooperation and new ways of citizens’ awareness raising on considerable social issues will be constructed. Read more about the main thematic areas of the conference


Every person interested in attending this conference, worskhops, submitting a publication or an abstract of presentaion, is invited to fill in the participation form and send it by e-mail to no later than February 24, 2017. 


SYN-POLITEIA 2017 is organised by Xenious Polis with the support of ALDA, ELEPAP, the National Centre of Social Research, the Ark of the World, UNICEF, the Family and Child Care Center, the Greek Leauge for Women’s Rights, CARDET, TESLA Network. Nikos Gamouras, manager of the project LADDER (Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness) will represent ALDA at the event.



Useful links:

For detailed information, see SYN-POLITEIA 2017 webpage
Xenios Polis website  




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