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Minority Couple Traveling to Greece

Hi,

My husband and I are planning a trip to Santorini in April but after researching the country, I see that there are recent problems with minorities in Greece...specifically African-American and Asians being targeted. This is making me feel uneasy as we are of both these ethnic backgrounds.

I have been searching the state department sites and news feeds.

Can anyone give me some insight into this or "areas to avoid" tips?

Thanks!

v/r
May

Posted by
4805 posts

I can only give general impressions and maybe some insight to issues in Greece as I understand them.

Yes, there have been some attacks/discrimination/issues with Greeks and minorities. Those, as I recall, were more prevalent when Greece was deep in economic troubles and there were riots in several cities. The stories concerning minorities really had more to do with minority immigrants and the perception that jobs were being stolen or services were being monopolized by those immigrants (think of the US and our own issues with immigrants, legal or illegal).

While things have settled down some, even then, as a tourist and obviously sticking out as (I can only assume American or Canadian) a visitor and in tourist destinations, I would not have great concerns. The Greeks are very aware that one of the few lucrative businesses still functioning is tourism and take great pains to assure that it remains so.

These are just my thoughts as a middle aged white guy, there may be some forums out there specifically for minority travelers that may offer actual experiences.

Posted by
2416 posts

I've been to greece 11 times since '99, and of recent years, happily, have seen more African-Americans who are discovering its pleasures. It's been my experience, and that of my niece and her husband (who is African-American), that you are recognized primarily as Americans, and welcomed as such. (It is not until you travel abroad that you realize the American-ness you project, whatever your complexion may be!) As the previous poster noted perceptively, any less-welcome reactions are really directed toward the burgeoning illegal immigrant population that these countries are trying to cope with. So, to reiterate, don't fret; just get ready to enjoy Greece ... and I'm happy to hear you'll see Santorini in April, before it becomes too busy with tour & cruise crowds.

Posted by
2 posts

Thanks Paul and Janet! I think we will press on with Greece and just enjoy our vacation but remain aware of our surroundings and any possible situations. I will continue doing research on the the country and culture as it will benefit any interactions with the locals. :) I am really excited as the pictures I see of the country are breathtaking.

v/r
May