In Greece, Muslim migrants are usually conceptualized as an undifferentiated group and are targeted as the most dangerous domestic enemy to the nation’s cultural survival. Nevertheless, Muslim migrants are a highly differentiated group, within which various strategies prevail for negotiating inclusion and resisting exclusion. Drawing from ethnographic research in the relatively long-standing Pakistani community of Nea Ionia, Athens, this paper aims to scrutinize the multiple differentiations that divide the groups who are conventionally categorized as “Muslim migrants.” It focuses on the discourses that emerged among migrants concerning the first protest by Muslims in Athens in 2009, and examines the elements that define and shape them as political agents. The paper also underlines the importance of spaces of solidarity and the renegotiation of the migration experience occurring in the process of the emergence and shaping of the agency of the migrants.


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