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Greece Transnational Issues Profile 2018

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Disputes - internationalGreece and Turkey continue discussions to resolve their complex maritime, air, territorial, and boundary disputes in the Aegean Sea; Greece rejects the use of the name Macedonia or Republic of Macedonia; the mass migration of unemployed Albanians still remains a problem for developed countries, chiefly Greece and Italy
Illicit drugsa gateway to Europe for traffickers smuggling cannabis and heroin from the Middle East and Southwest Asia to the West and precursor chemicals to the East; some South American cocaine transits or is consumed in Greece; money laundering related to drug trafficking and organized crime
Refugees and internally displaced personsrefugees (country of origin): 14,420 (Syria); 11,440 (Afghanistan); 8,161 (Iraq) (2016)
stateless persons: 198 (2016)
note: 1,069,664 estimated refugee and migrant arrivals (January 2015 - January 2018); as of November 2017, an estimated 48,662 migrants and refugees were stranded in Greece

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on January 20, 2018

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