This talk focuses on the arrival and stay of foreign political refugees (Italians, Poles, Hungarians) in early independent Greece following their defeat in the European revolutions of 1830-31 and 1848-49. Moving beyond its strictly historical framework, this talk also draws parallels with the current refugee crisis in Greece aiming to offer a deeper understanding of the refugee movements across the Mediterranean then and now and their consequences concerning both the Greek state and the groups in motion.

Christos Aliprantis is a PhD candidate in modern European history at the University of Cambridge writing his dissertation on the international activity of the Prussian and Austrian secret police between 1848 and 1870. His studies and research have been funded by several organizations including the University of Cambridge, the Alexander Onassis Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the German Historical Institute in London, the DAAD, and the Austrian Exchange Service. His scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming, among others, in the European History Quarterly, the European Review of History, and the Journal of Modern Greek Studies.