"REPATRIATES FROM EX-SOVIET UNION DEMOCRACIES AS USERS OF INCLUSION PROGRAMS AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES IN THRACE"
THEANO KALLINIKAKI - KOMOTINI
This article discusses the main aspects of the Greek social policy provided for the reception, inclusion and rehabilitation of the repatriates in the area of Thrace, in relation to the characteristics of the local communities.
Thrace is close to the borders; mostly a rural area with low indicators of development and a withering population growth and of course it is the home land of the only officially recognized minority in Greece, which is the Muslim minority in Thrace. The inadequacies of the existing social service (welfare) system its bureaucratic structure, its fragmentation in service provision and staff shortages, the insufficient co-ordination of services and the lack of home and community intervention have contributed to the ineffectiveness of the services.
The indigenous population perceived the repatriates' housing, education, employment, health and social care programmes as discriminatory in favour of ex-patriots, since they lack these basic facilities.
The article also discusses some issues of Social Work Practice experienced during the intervention in the members and families of the repatriates' community. It concludes that these contradictory dynamics had negative impacts on the repatriates' social inclusion.