Greece financial crisis creates uncertainty among diaspora

Tens of thousands of Canadians travel to Greece each year, but many are struggling to make sense of the uncertainty fuelling the financial crisis in their ancestral homeland.

Greek-Canadians worry as Sunday's referendum could initiate exit from the eurozone

Greek travel, business concerns

7 years ago
Duration 2:45
Business owners and visitors from Greece are feeling stress from the uncertainty back home

Tens of thousands of Canadians travel to Greece each year, many of them on trips to connect with family roots.

With the country teetering on the brink of further financial ruin, however, and as cash withdrawals are limited for Greek nationals, many would-be travellers are reconsidering the visit.

Others, like dual Greek-Canadian citizen Tom Talaboros, are rushing to get back in their homeland's time of need.

Talaboros moved up a planned trip to arrive in time for Sunday's referendum, a vote that could trigger Greece's exit from the eurozone. 

"I'm going to see what's going on there and I'm going to support the euro. We are going to stay in the euro and I'm going to say Yes to the euro," he told CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis.

Other Canadians preparing to head to Greece told CBC News they are bringing lots of cash in their wallets. 

Watch Ioanna's full report from The National above to learn more about how Greek-Canadians are coping with the crisis, and what they hope lies ahead for the beleaguered jewel of the Aegean. 

With files from Ioanna Roumeliotis and Corinne Seminoff


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