shrinking villages


On my travels through Greece, I become aware of an interesting dilemma, quietly revealing itself in the mountain hamlets and remote coastal villages scattered across the country. These traditional settlements, without new generations to sustain them, are aging and dying out.

Whilst in a small fishing village on the island of Naxos, a priest tells me that most of the people I see frolicking in the surf have come from Athens, although they grew up here in Apollonas. Lured by the big city, they steadily moved away for jobs, but return in the summer for holidays. We are sitting outside a seaside taverna where a cluster of older residents watch the waves. And the people come and go.

A resident of the shrinking village of Apollonas watches the summertime crowd playing in the sea.

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