We aim to create a closer dialogue between members and representatives of the Russian Diaspora and to promote Greek-Russian cultural & historical heritage links. We intend to organise educational lectures, tours, voluntary works & publications in media to encourage bonds between Russian immigrants local Greek communities. These will concentrate on language skills, Russian & Greek culture, traditions and history.

Seminar on healthcare right of immigrants in Greece



On November 6th, after morning service at the Panagia Sumela Church, the Union of Russian Immigrants in Greece organized a lecture on the topic of “Problems with healthcare in Greece during the economic crisis,” led by Dr Alexander Chionidis.


Sunday service at the Russian Church Panagia Sumela

The program “Club 50+”, created by the Union in the framework of the European project “Steps Towards Active European Citizenship,” has proven a real help to our compatriots. Just in a few months, tens of russian-speaking immigrants have made friends, gained support, learnt how to independently overcome hardships and look at the future with optimism.

Prior of the Church of Panagia Sumela, father Grigorij, and A. Chionidis

Dr Chionidis talked about the most common problems that immigrants face, when they communicate with health organizations:
-Unfortunately, as opposed to representatives of other nationalities living in Greece, our people often “forget” about their rights, and in difficult moments get confuse and don’t know where to go with a particular issue. In order to be heard, you need to say the “big” words: “I have rights!” Indeed, many have insurances like “OGA”, “IKA” or “Pronoia.” Now knowing the laws leads to people wasting time and resources. You shouldn’t be afraid to demand that, to which you are entitled by law...
Alexander Chionidis answered questions from the audience and paid specific attention to the most important clauses of the greek legislature, which helps easily deal with the terror of greek bureaucracy.
Such seminars are an important link in the creation of a strong support system for our people living in Greece.

A. Chionidis is explaining the topic “Problems with healthcare in Greece during the economic crisis”

When talking about immigrant issues, it is common to attribute all problems to language and cultural barriers. However, the initiators of the program “Club 50+” have identified other causes too, especially regarding legal issues. It’s not hard to see that being equipped with the knowledge of your legal right can give power, makes people less vulnerable and more resistant to various “surprises” that life often bears.

Contact details:

Kannigos 19 1st floor
10667 Athens, Greece
Tel: +302103839459
Fax: +302103839459