Unemployment is peaking at 18 per cent and the people of Greece have had enough, flocking to Australia and other "positive" countries in droves to escape five years of recession and search for a better life.
As reported by The Guardian and News.com.au;
Since June, community leaders in suburban Melbourne claim to have been deluged with thousands of letters, emails and telephone calls from Greeks desperate to migrate to Australia, a nation seen as a land of opportunity, British newspaper The Guardian reports.
"They're all university graduates, engineers, architects, mechanics, teachers, bankers who will do anything for work," Greek community president and lawyer Bill Papastergiades said from Melbourne.
"It's desperate stuff. We're all aghast. Often they'll just turn up with a bag. Their stories are heartbreaking and on every plane there are more."
During 2011 some 2500 Greeks have moved to Australia, while officials in Athens told The Guardian that a further 40,000 have "expressed interest" in relocating.
Unemployment in Greece stands at a record 18 per cent as the country braces to enter a fifth year of recession.
Artist and curator Tessie Spilioti, 45, who relocated from Athens to Melbourne in 2010, told The Guardian she misses her family and friends in Greece every day.
"But Australia is a positive country. It's the land of plenty, there's a feeling of abundance and of opportunity," she said.
"That's missing in Greece. Instead people are panic-stricken, the vibe is bad, the psychology is bad and there's a feeling of almost being under siege."
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