Aspects of the refugee settlement in Greece, 1922-1930


Title: Ptichès tis apokatàstasis ton prosfìgon stin Ellàda, 1922-1930, [Aspects of the refugee settlement in Greece, 1922-1930]

Series: TEKMÌRIA apò to Istorikò Archìo [DOCUMENTS from the Historical Archives]

Introduction: Lena A. Korma

Publisher: Bank of Greece (Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation)

Year of publication: 2021

Number of pages: 204

Dimensions: 24 x 15 cm.

Book type: History

ISBN: 978-618-5536-08-4Online appendix:

Central Distribution
National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (ΜΙΕΤ) in Athens (13 Amerikis Str., tel.: +30 210 3614143) and Thessaloniki (11 Tsimiski Str., tel.: +30 2310 288036)
Ι. Nikolopoulos & Co. SA – Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou (9 Ζaloggou Str., Athens, tel.: +30 210 3800520).

About the book
Comprising documents that range from Fridtjof Nansen’s Report of his mission to Greece, in 1922, to the eve of the dissolution of the Refugee Settlement Committee (RSC), in 1930, the book offers a broad-brushed portrait of the history of refugee settlement in Greece during the inter-war period. Avoiding loan negotiations per se, the book emphasizes aspects that relate to the work of government services, the Refugee Relief Fund and the RSC itself. What is more, the book contains minutes of the (then) confidential proceedings meetings of the League of Nation’s Financial Committee, in Geneva, where RSC and Greek government representatives reported on the overall progress of refugee settlement. These conversations open a window to the operation of a supervisory mechanism, similar to those that Greece has experienced at different times during its history. To read the exchanges between the protagonists – the compliments, the verbosities, the occasional bickering or the objections of each side – is to acquire a much more vivid picture of the procedures than the one derived from the published conclusions of these sessions.

About the series “Documents from the Historical Archives”
of the Bank of Greece
Unpublished documents, confidential reports, business letters and personal testimonies co-exist in the new publication series of the Bank of Greece, which showcases the richness of its Historical Archives. Each book focuses on a historical event, a critical period or an important person, which are illuminated by unpublished archival documents. Specialised scientists select, combine and comment on the archival material, helping the reader to navigate through the sources and to experience his own, unmediated contact with the raw matter of history. 

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