The economic crisis in Greece has left many young people without the hope of finding a well-paying job in Greece.
As a result, many Greeks left the country. In search of better opportunities, many Greeks went to the United Kingdom and Germany, where about 300,000 to 400,000 and 453,000 people of Greek descent are hosted, respectively, as reported by etsimagazin.com.
Although a large number of Greeks have moved to European countries in recent years, there is a long history of migration from Greece to Germany and the United Kingdom, spanning centuries.
The first Greek community in Germany was founded in the city of Leipzig, Saxony, in the eighteenth century. During this period, Greeks who managed to escape the yoke of the Ottoman occupation, with their few belongings went to Leipzig.
More Greeks moved to Germany immediately after the Greek War of Independence, as the first king of Greece, a Bavarian, took the throne. Inspired by the origin of their king, many Greek citizens went to his homeland to study.
Greek communities in the United Kingdom can be traced back to ancient times when the Romans colonized the British Isles. Migration from Greece continued from the Middle Ages to the modern period.
After England colonized Cyprus in 1878, the Greek population in the country increased, with many Greek Cypriots going to England from the early twentieth century until the British left the island in 1960.
According to recent figures, there are more than 57,000 UK-born residents in Greece, a large number of whom are students. Greece is consistently ranked among the top countries of origin of foreign students in the United Kingdom, along with China and India.