I cannot claim to have a lot of first hand knowledge on the matter of Greece.
I pick up some slightly different accounts, and some of the most common ones end up being suspicious to me.
Not that I think people are lying to me, but that they might possibly be lying to themselves,
or have a point of view that is so different from mine, their logic doesn't make sense.
Here's the thing- I live in the south of France, and notice the latin -mediterranean peoples seem to have a lot of cultural characteristics in
common, no matter what nationalitiy they are.
There is even a big difference, at times between the northern and southern cultures within the same country (in France par example, HUGE difference
between the people on the med coast and the north!)
What I see on this southern coast is some hypocrisy concerning the whole question of immigrants and social aid.
The most outspoken french people on that issue can sometimes be going on loudly for horus on how the arabs are takign advanatge of us. Then get all
blustered when I point out- "But... aren't you recieving unemployment right now, and working under the table....????"
They feel that they have the right to work their own system. They paid into it, so they can take it. And lie. And avoid taxes.
I guess there is a difference between the person who works and pays into it for ten years, then takes a few years to get that back, and one that never
pays a dime into it, then takes it.
But MY problem is that the immigrants that come in are doing the exact same thing, following the exact same morals and values as the people of the
It's like.... we can lie and cheat in our country, but newcomers must stick to a more rigorous system of values and morals than our own.
-Then they want to complain about them not making effort to integrate the culture.....?
Because I see this SO often here, know some italians that do it, and listen to greek people that say the same thing (but they are not my close family
in law, so I don't know if they are actually taking advantage of the system or not) I can't help but keep the suspicion that they might be the
I am pretty sure there is a big problem with the immigrant population, on the same hand, I just am not sure that the native population isn't a part
of that too and not acknowledging their responsibility.
It's so much easier to claim total victimization...