“Thessaloniki, capital of refugees”. Refugees in the city from 1912 until today.
1st Scientific Conference
During the 20th century Thessaloniki, due to its geographical location and other parameters, received hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly of Greek origin and consciousness. In 2012, Thessaloniki celebrated and commemorated the 100th anniversary of its Liberation and at the same time evaluated its course during a whole century. The refugee populations from Asia Minor, the Balkans and the countries of the former Soviet Union are one of the main components of its identity as a city of the Greek state.
In the context of the celebration of the anniversary of the Liberation of Thessaloniki (1912-2012), the Municipality of Kalamaria and the Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism of the Municipality of Kalamaria – organized a conference on the topic: “Thessaloniki, capital of refugees”. Refugees in the city from 1912 until today.
The conference took place on the three days 23, 24, 25 November 2012 at the Municipal Theatre of Kalamaria “Melina Merkouri”. 57 scientists from universities and research centers in Greece and abroad (UK, France, Belgium, USA, Turkey, Serbia, USA), of various disciplines such as historians, social anthropologists, political scientists, philologists, folklorists, architects, urban planners, economists, lawyers, etc. participated.
The documentary “Twice a Stranger”, a co-production of NET and ANEMON Productions, was screened during the parallel events. An exhibition of photographs and topographical maps on the settlement of refugees in Thessaloniki in the period 1920-1930 was also held.
The conference was a top cultural and educational anniversary event for Metropolitan Thessaloniki.