“Thessaloniki, capital of refugees”. Refugees in the city from 1912 until now.
1st “Thessaloniki, capital of refugees”. Refugees in the city from 1912 until now.
During the 20th century, due to its geographical location and other parameters, Thessaloniki welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly of Greek origin and conscience. In 2012, Thessaloniki celebrated and commemorated the 100th anniversary of its Liberation and at the same time valued its progression over the course of a century. Refugee populations from Asia Minor, the Balkans and the countries of the former Soviet Union are one of the main component of its identity as a city of the Greek state.
As part 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 “Thessaloniki, capital of refugees”. Refugees in the city from 1912 until now.
The conference took place on 23, 24, 25 November 2012 at the Municipal Theatre of Kalamaria “Melina Merkouri”. 57 scientists from universities and research centres in Greece and abroad (UK, France, Belgium, USA, Turkey, Serbia) participated, of various specialties such as historians, social anthropologists, political scientists, philologists, folklorists, architects, urban planners, economists, lawyers, etc.
In the context of the parallel events, the screening of the documentary “Twice a Stranger” took place, co-produced by NET and ANEMON Productions. There was also an exhibition of photographs and topographical maps on the settlement of refugees in Thessaloniki between 1920 and 1930.
The conference constituted a leading cultural and educational anniversary event for Metropolitan Thessaloniki.