Public event: “Mechanisms and practices of integration of Asia Minor refugees in Samos during the interwar period”

— Doctor of History Manolis Giannoutsos, Kallithea Primary School courtyard


In August 1922, as well as the autumn months of the same year, Greece received a great number of refugees- mainly Greek-Orthodox-, due to the collapse of the Asia-Minor front and the defeat of the Greek troops by the Kemalist troops. The Asia Minor Catastrophe, as essentially the expulsion of the Greek population off the broader region of Asia Minor was called, is a watershed event which defines  the painful starting point of the Greek interwar.

The aim of the presentation concerns the Asia-Minor refugees who chose Samos for their permanent settlement and, more particularly, aspires to shed light on the mechanisms as well as the social practices that contributed to the integration of these people into the Samian society during the Inter-War period. The presentation of these mechanisms together with the social practices form part of the frame of respective developments at a national level, while at the same time, it takes into account and highlights the differentiation of local specificity.


Manolis K. Giannoutsos is a historian. In 2000, he graduated from the History Faculty of Ionian University, while in 2005, he obtained his Post Graduate Diploma of Specialty in Modern and Contemporary, Greek and European History, from the Historical and Archaeological Section of Philosophy of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2016, he successfully presented his doctoral thesis with the topic: “Asia-Minor refugees in Samos (1922-1940): Integration, Economic activity, political behavior” at the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, Faculty of Philosophy of the  University of Crete. From 2017-2020, he has been a member of the Associate Teaching Staff, in the Post-Graduate Programme of the Hellenic Open University by the title: “Athletic studies: Sociology, History, Anthropology”. His scientific interests are focused on Modern and Contemporary Greek and European History, History of Physical Education and Sports, as well as the local History of his birth-place, Samos. He has participated in scientific conferences and workshops in Samos and Crete. He has published studies in Conference Proceedings and in the periodical press. He lives in Samos permanently and works as a teacher in Secondary Education.