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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

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

  • Book Title Language Diversity in Greece
  • Book Subtitle Local Challenges with International Implications
  • Editors Eleni Skourtou
    Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis
    Themistoklis Aravossitas
    Peter Pericles Trifonas
  • Series Title Multilingual Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Multilingual Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-28395-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-28398-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-28396-4
  • Series ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-3216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 253
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Linguistic Anthropology
    Intercultural Communication
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