Continuing Denaturalization of the Ethnic
Macedonians of Greece
Greek Authorities Refuse Entry to George
(an Ethnic Macedonian) to Attend his Father's
May 12, 2005
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The Greek government continues to denaturalize members of its
Macedonian minority who as economic immigrants
reside mainly in transoceanic
countries. This discriminatory practice has been taking
place for the last several decades.
Greek Authorities selectively implement law 3370, article 20 par.
1G (Greek law of Citizenship), targeting ethnic Macedonians (economic
immigrants) who are active as members of Macedonian associations
abroad and who dare express their Macedonian cultural, linguistic
and national identity. Something they are not permitted to do in
Ethnic Macedonians from Greece are informed about their denaturalization
only when they try to enter Greece temporarily or for repatriation.
Denaturalized individuals are at the same time declared undesirable
in Greece (persona non grata) and no entrance to the country
of their birth is allowed, even for humanitarian reasons.
Recently (May 7th, 2005) Mr. George Mishalis tried to enter Greece
in order to attend his father's funeral in his native village Meliti
(Voshtarani) in Florina (Lerin). For the last several years, Mr Mishalis
has been living and working in Melbourne, Australia.
Greek border authorities prohibited his entry, according to the
It is truly unfortunate that in the year 2005 and in a so-called
modern European country like Greece an ethnic Macedonian born
in Greece still cannot attend a relative's funeral unless they
falsify their identity and declare
themselves as "Greeks by birth".
EFA-Rainbow was also recently informed about the denaturalization
of another Macedonian. Mr. Chris Gagatsis was declared "undesirable" in
Greece according to the same law (3370 article 20 par. 1G).
Mr. Gagatsis' place of birth is the village of Akrita (Bouf)
in the Florina (Lerin) region.
Over the past several decades successive Greek Governments have
refused to give any data on the number of denaturalized Macedonians.
The victims of this policy are simply notified about it upon their
arrival at the Greek border, exactly as it happened in the two cases
This is an inhuman and racially discriminatory policy against George
Mishalis and Chris Gagatsis and all other Macedonian economic
immigrants. This same policy is also applied to the thousands
of Macedonian political
refugees who fled their villages as children during
the Greek Civil War (1946-1949**).
Greece's continuous refusal to
acknowledge its Macedonian minority and its systemic
discrimination in terms of their ethnic, cultural and linguistic
rights again highlight
the serious democratic deficit in Greece.
According to Greek authorities there is no such thing as an ethnic
Macedonian minority in the country. If this is the case then
we can only wonder who the target of these racist measures
EFA-Rainbow denounces Greece's continuous racist and inhuman mistreatment
of its ethnic Macedonian minority and intends to make
the above incidents known to the international organizations
involved in the
protection of Human Rights.
EFA-Rainbow also calls upon all Greek democrats to support our efforts
to establish a truly democratic and European Greece.
The Political Secretariat
Code for Greek Citizenship
Low 3370/1955, Chapter G, Article 20
One can lose his/her Greek Citizenship:
When-while residing abroad-he/she acted in benefit of another State,
in ways that do not comply to the Greek citizen status and against
Common Decision of the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Public
Order of Greece.
Subject: Free repatriation and return of the Greek citizenship to
the political refugees.
Taking under consideration:
The provisions of the Law 400/76 "For Ministerial Council and
Ministries" as it was modified by the law N. 1266/1982 and within
the framework of the Government's policy for national reconciliation
We decide that:
All Greeks by genus [birth] who during the Civil War
1946-1949 and because of it fled abroad as political refugees
can return to Greece
even if they had been deprived of their Greek citizenship.
The ministers of
Internal Affairs Public Order
G. Gennimatas, G. Skoularikis