Waiting for Greece’s Dream Act

A mini documentary from Nikolia Apostolou and Nikos Pilos on a debated subject that keeps thousands of young people undocumented and stateless.

there are huge obstacles to the lives of thousands of young Greeks that don’t have the right to vote, can’t teach in a public school or get hired in a public hospital, have no access to fellowships​, and are treated as second class citizens.

More than 100,000 children and young adults born to immigrant parents in Greece can’t get the Greek nationality because there’s no legal framework after the previous government abolished the previous existing law. Along with the rise of xenophobia and the far-right in Greece, there are huge obstacles to the lives of thousands of young Greeks that don’t have the right to vote, can’t teach in a public school or get hired in a public hospital, have no access to fellowships​, and are treated as second class citizens.

The new Greek government has announced, through its Alternate Migration Policy Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou that they will grant citizenship to all migrants’ children that were born and raised in Greece. However, Syriza is in coalition government with the right-wing, nationalist party of Independent Greeks (ANEL) that have already declared that they will oppose strongly any citizenship bill  granting citizenship to children of immigrants. Until then, in order to remain in the country they have to apply for residence and work permits, or remain undocumented.

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Nikolia is a v​ideo-journalist currently based in Athens, Greece. For the past four years, she has been reporting on the Greek economic crisis for media outlets such as The New York Times, USAToday, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera Magazine, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Global Post.

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Nikos Pilos is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in Athens, Greece and is one of Europe’s noted feature photographers. He has traveled extensively to document war, natural disaster, poverty, socioeconomic struggle and cultural shifts. His work appears regularly in top international newspapers and magazines and has been exhibited throughout Europe and the US​.