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SOAR-Athens

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SOAR-Athens joined the SOAR family in July 2014. The Armenian presence in Greece began centuries ago when Armenians settled in the wider area of Thessaly, Macedonia, and Thrace. Armenians in Greece, however, acquired the character of a community after the 1920s, when 70,000 to 80,000 survivors of the Armenian Genocide fled to Greece from Cilicia, Smyrna, Ionia, Constantinople and Asia Minor, scattering all over Greece.

Today, the number of Armenians in Greece is estimated at approximately 20,000-35,000, living mainly in Attica (Athens, Piraeus and the suburbs) and in smaller communities in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Komotini, Xanthi, Alexandroupolis, Didimoticho, Orestiada and Crete. The majority of Greco-Armenians are Armenian Apostolic. There are a number of Armenian institutions in Greece, among them being: two kindergartens and elementary schools and one high school, in Athens and Piraeus, which belong to the Armenian Blue Cross; the Armenian Community Cultural Center in Thessaloniki; and Armeniki, an amateur soccer club in Athens.


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Lilit Simonyan

Lilit graduated from Heilbronn University in Germany with a B.A. in International Tourism Management. She moved to Greece from Yerevan, Armenia in May 2009 and currently lives in Thessaloniki. Having many years of outstanding performance in the field of Human Rights and Constitutional Freedoms in Armenia, she was honored with First Rank of Legal Adviser. Shifting her activities towards business, she became actively involved in the Hospitality Industry. At the moment, Lilit is serving as a liaison between Greek businesses and their overseas customers.