Intercultural city: Patras, Greece
Capital of Greece’s Western region, Patras is also the principal port looking towards the Ionian islands and Italy.
Founded in the 3rd millennium BC, Patras flourished during the Mycenaean and especially the Roman periods, up until the 9th century AD. From the 13th century, it belonged to the Franks, to the Byzantines, to the Venetians and at other times, to the Turks.
Patras developed rapidly after liberation from the Turks in 1821, and thanks to the increasing commerce it enjoyed as a port city. Everywhere beautiful neo-classical buildings still embellish this city whose roads lead to the sea, making a strong and picturesque impression. Artistic and spiritual life remains very intense today. Gradually, heavy industry has also developed, increasing the population. Today, Patras is one of the most influential cities in Greece, with its port continuing to play the important role it has always held throughout its long history.
Considering that the city of Patras is a Schengen Treaty entry point for the EU, as well as a link between Europe and the East, is not surprising that the composition of Patras’ population is a multi-ethnic one.
The composition approximately includes the following:
20.000 Albanians - economic immigrants, mostly legal residents
1.500 Roma living in permanent and temporary settlements
1.000 Roma staying periodically in the area (3 - 6 months per annum)
1.000 illegal economic immigrants of African origin
1.000 mixed nationality refugees, mostly Kurds and Afghans seeking asylum.
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(Reggio Emilia, Lyon, Patras)
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