- Crises & Conflicts
Greece : Between Deterrence & Integration
Seven years of economic depression have not been kind to the city blocks around 17 Halkokondyli St., the office of the Greek ombudsman in downtown Athens. An alphabet soup of graffiti has been splattered across empty storefronts where “for rent” stickers alternate with ads for closing-down sales. Of the two grand squares nearby, Victoria is haunted by touts for people-smuggling gangs, while Omonia is home to a run-down hotel where stolen passports are rented to desperate migrants for $3,200 a go.