Interviews with immigrants in GreecePresentation Transcript
HARNESSING INTERCULTURAL DIVERSITY 1ST SECOND CHANCE SCHOOL OF THESSALONIKI ( NEAPOLIS) Bydgoszcz meeting, Poland May 4-8/2011
Didactic material. Theme: “Immigration”
Greek language: Eleni Agapidou
English language: Despina Papadopoulou
Science: Yannis Kalyvas,
Lesson planned to explore the hunger strike of 300 immigrants, asking for legalisation, that is in their own words,
“ the issuing of a proper residence and labour
permit to us, the 300 hunger strikers, who demand
what should be a given for everyone by putting our
lives on the line.”
How we worked
The students were asked to answer the following
“ What do you think of the hunger strike of the immigrants demanding legalisation?”
Some of the answers
"I think that it is wrong to invade university premises and blackmail the Greek government.“
"I believe that the immigrant cause should be righted and these poor people should be given all the help they need.”
"They shouldn't be on hunger strike . They should be sent back to their countries to live in better conditions. "
"I sympathize with them but we can't afford anymore immigrants in Greece."
" We don't have the obligation to take care of people that come to our country illegally."
" I feel sorry for them but if we give them what they want, many more will come and take all our jobs. "
"The state should protect people from suffering so much. We should never forget that we are all people.“
Dr Douzinas, Professor of Philosophy of Law at London University
“ I faced many difficulties, many small or major
humiliations, even though I was a “high class”
February 28th, Dr Douzinas interview on Greek
television about the hunger strike of 300 immigrants.
Two aspects of the immigration problem
The general immigration problem that must be
dealt with a new policy and
The ethical aspect concerning the 300 hunger strike immigrants.
“ Being an immigrant myself, I want to express
my solidarity to these people.”
“ The Greeks have immigration information in their DNA”
These people represent to the Greeks a case of
freedom, of free identity.
They are ready to sacrifice their life for an ideal.
“ Freedom or death. ”
This higher ideal is the very heart of freedom.
We should all show solidarity to them.
Globalization: Huge wave of immigrants
Greece is in the external borders of Europe.
Is forced to stop immigrants moving to Europe.
Asked to build walls and keep immigrant in camps therefore,
A new policy is needed to deal with the problem,
with the help of European Union .
Students realized the ethical aspect of the people on hunger strike.
Still, they worry a lot about immigrants in Greece.
Feel threatened they can loose their jobs to immigrants.
English teaching: Unit 2
And you call me C O L O U R E D ?! (author unknown)
When I born, I Black
When I grow up, I Black
When I go in sun, I Black
When I scared, I Black
When I cold, I Black
When I sick, I Black
When I ill, I Black
When I die, I still Black
And the poem continues...
And you white fella
When you born, you pink
When you grow, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you scared, you yellow
When you cold, you blue
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling ME C o l o u r e d ?
Teaching more than colors…
Aims of the activity
To teach colors
To talk about racial discriminations
To talk about prejudices against immigrants.
The learners enjoyed the poem itself, they all
g ot involved in a creative discussion about
Greek lesson activity “The end of the hunger strike”
The hunger strike of 300 immigrants ended with the strikers winning their cause.
They succeed in changing their “illegal status” by a “ tolerance status” with the perspective of becoming legal immigrants under certain conditions.
“ Dilemma technique”
The students write their thoughts on the following
“ The victory of the hunger strike immigrant
constitutes a victory of all working people and
indeed it proved that the only fight that is
actually lost is the fight which has never been
Here are some of them
“ The result of the strike concerns only the immigrants.”
“ The problems of the immigrants and the solutions given , concern only them.”
“ The Greek workers have no gain from the success of the their strike.”
The discussion was fruitful.. The “Ypatia” case has been an example of fighting spirit. “ L ost struggle” is only the one which is never fought for.
“ Such spirit of struggle and fighting
should come from the Greeks rather than
immigrants, let alone illegal ones.”
Greek language: Unit 2
Human rights of the immigrants.
A photo of the 60ties, with Greek immigrants starting off their journey to Germany, was shown to the students.
They were asked to write down their
thoughts regarding this photo .
“ In the pursue of a better future, a second chance.”
“ Faces show hope for a better life and also worry for the unknown.”
“ They immigrated as life in Greece was not easy, but things are more difficult now.”
“ They are dressed up to express hope for a successful new life and also to feel better.”
“ They smile, but still, one can see the agony in their eyes.”
“ They are leaving to find work and not to be involved in illegal activities.”
“ I am thinking to leave myself but I am afraid to do it.”
The Greek immigrants in Germany faced problems both at work and their contact with the local society.
They had to deal with many difficulties and anxieties even though they were legal immigrants.
Part B: Illegal immigrants
How do you see these people?
“ They are terrified of not being able to reach their destination.”
“ They fear being chased.”
“ To endanger their life to such an extent, means that they can not make a living in their country.”
“ They are victims of human trafficking. You can see fear in their eyes.”
“ They are passing through, in secret and cunning ways.”
“ They endanger their lives for a better future.”
“ Obviously they don't know that things here are really difficult.”
Comparing immigration conditions in the past and today
Always people that leave their home to immigate face problems.
The receiving countries face problems too .
There must be a way to solve these
Science: Racism and Descrimination The following questions were asked in class. “ What do you mean by racism?”
According to you,
Racism is –as an attitude- based on
b) some scientific data?
Where does prejudice spring from?
Are there inferior and superior peoples?
How they felt Negative feelings towards certain immigrants due to unlawful behavior on their part. Positive or negative views but not being clear what exactly generated such feelings.
Discussion led to conclusions
Racism is created by bias which in turn, is created through “brain-washing.”
It has an impact on the formation of
attitudes during early stages of life.
The role of previous experience Either reinforces a feeling of discrimination or wears out such an attitude.
The role of Science The study of the structure of human cell, DNA ect- helped them understand that “ people are basically the same, not different in terms of superior or inferior qualities, only different in cultural or other backgrounds.”
Finally we all agreed that, in all cases, racism due to prejudice, has to be fought against as a source of misery and unhappiness.