Language Diversity in Greece

Local Challenges with International Implications

  • Eleni Skourtou
  • Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis
  • Themistoklis Aravossitas
  • Peter Pericles Trifonas

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Eleni Skourtou, Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis, Themistoklis Aravossitas, Peter Pericles Trifonas
    Pages 1-7
  3. Immigrant Students in the Greek Educational System

  4. Muslim Students and Minority Schools

  5. Education of Roma Students

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Eleni Gana, Charoula Stathopoulou, Christos Govaris
      Pages 169-181
    3. Dimitrios Kassis
      Pages 183-192
  6. Education in the Greek Diaspora

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Efthymia Papalexopoulou
      Pages 195-208
    3. Eleni Sella-Mazi, Maria Rompopoulou
      Pages 209-221

About this book


This volume explores how linguistic and cultural diversity in Greece, caused by various waves of emigration and immigration, has transformed Greek society and its educational system. It examines the country’s current linguistic diversity, which is characterised by the languages of immigrants, repatriates, refugees, Roma, Muslim minorities, and Pomaks as well as linguistic varieties and dialects; and how schools and the state have designed and implemented programmes to deal with the significant educational challenges posed by these culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

In this regard, the book takes into account the nature and evolution of Greek society; Greece’s traditional role as a labour-exporting country with a long history of migration to other countries; and major political, economic and social developments, such as the collapse of communism, the opening of borders in Eastern Europe, and the influx of immigrants from Muslim countries.


Heritage language education Immigrant students in the Greek educational system Bilingual Infants in the Greek Kindergarten Pilot Literature Teaching in Thrace Muslim Minority Investigating Literacy Issues on Roma Education Greek Education in the Diaspora Second language learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Eleni Skourtou
    • 1
  • Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis
    • 2
  • Themistoklis Aravossitas
    • 3
  • Peter Pericles Trifonas
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Primary EducationUniversity of the AegeanRhodesGreece
  2. 2.Department of Primary EducationUniversity of the AegeanRhodesGreece
  3. 3.Munk School of Global Affairs and Public PolicyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28395-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28396-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-3216
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