President's greeting

Dear visitors of our website,

I, President of the non-profit organization of the Church of Greece called «Integration Center for Migrant Workers» (briefly called Centre) since 2012, hereby welcome you to our official website.

Here you will find our Centre’s activities, important events and opinions of our colleagues and experts around the refugee and immigrant situation in Greece.

Modern geopolitical and financial developments on a worldwide scale lead thousands of people to impoverishment. As a direct result, the refugee current continues to flow towards Europe and, especially, its eastern frontiers, Greece and Cyprus. In order to deal with this crisis a long-term international planning is needed, that is going to be based upon the principles of human rights, access to protection and insurance of human dignity. Solidarity between the member-states of the E.U. and other states remains essential.

In a world where «it’s difficult to be good» (Vassileios the Great, Address to the young, VIII, 12), our Centre, through the many programs its scientific personnel implements, helps those in need according to the biblical passage «I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me» (Μatth. 25,40) and demonstrates that humans «are together», where freedom is «common freedom» (Ν. Cavasilas, The Life in Christ, VI, PG 150, 653 A), freedom not from the other, but with the other and for the other, id est love, since «he that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love» (Α’ John. 4,8).

I thank everyone who works for this website, all our Centre’s colleagues and coworkers, who are continuing the great humanocentric tradition of the Orthodox Church by helping those in need, by always bearing in mind to «be careful not to practice our righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If… (we) do, (we) will have no reward from… our Father in heaven» (Math. 6, 1).

The Metropolitan of Ilion, Acharnai and Petroupolis

Athenagoras