When thinking of Greece or Athens, most of the time the so-called “crisis” is the first. Especially who wants to move to Athens wants to know, what consequences the crisis could have for a permanent stay in the city and how it affects the relationship between the natives and foreigners. Beyond the completely distorted story in the media, the background of the crisis and the particular extent in Greece can be summarized in three sentences. While the accession to the EU in 1981 had more political and geo-strategic reasons, the accession to the Eurozone 2001 clearly followed economic interests. The economic data of Greece were manipulated, everyone involved knew this and nobody had a problem with it. It was necessary to make the European economic zone as large as possible and a market with 11 million inhabitants and 20 million tourists annually was simply relevant. Since then, various construction aid and subsidy funds, as well as loans of various kinds, have been allocated generously, which has given the banks high interest rates. The country, in particular the infrastructure and the military apparatus, was built mainly by Germans and French companies, a billion-dollar business, and the clientelist-corrupt system was particularly helpful. Visible side effects were the villas, porsches and yachts of the Greek elites, which was then mentioned in the crisis story as proof that the lazy Greeks had lived beyond their circumstances. In the wake of the global financial crisis starting in 2007, the bubble burst, a big discussion about the economic figures broke out and the debt of Greece was suddenly considered intolerable. Now the elites (especially the German federal government) began to socialize the debt mountain and to push the population so-called “savings programs”. Two notable documentaries about the greek crisis are Debtocracy and Catastroika. The global financial and economic crisis resulted in a temporary decline in GDP in almost all industrialized countries. While the situation in the most profitable countries recovered rapidly, the GDP in the so-called crisis-countries fell still further, with Greece being particularly hard hit. The german GDP per capita in terms of purchasing power per capita before the crisis was only 7,000 dollars higher than that of Greece, today it is about 23,000 dollars, which is almost twice as high. What is behind such macroeconomic figures is visible everywhere in the Athenian street scene. There are a lot of resettling shops, less car traffic than before, and now almost as many homeless people as in Berlin or London. This is accompanied by countless refugees from all parts of the world, which are not so much the result of the financial crisis, but make the wider part of the problem visible, especially if they are directly at the center of the city beside masses of wealthy tourists. At the same time, however, the crisis situation also causes rents and housing prices to drop and now benefit people who have never been able to afford an apartment before. Small companies can try out without a lot of equity and nature also finds some recovery, thanks to 10 years of downtime of the construction industry and less car traffic. At the same time, a rethink has begun in parts of society that question both the established clientelist structures and the capitalist system as a whole. So, the crisis is not only bad, it also has some positive effects. Such a development, of course, is not conflict-free, the responsible persons are searched on all sides. Especially between the largest trading partners Germany and Greece, a severe dispute arose in the crisis years, which also did not stop in front of the population. The german reader of the tabloid press still considers the Greeks to be lavish and lazy, while some greeks still hold the Germans for nazis and capitalists in general. However, it is not the case that as a German (or other nationality) in Athens you should be afraid to be exposed to particular anger or xenophobic hostility, but people can differentiate in this respect. The Athenians also remain relatively relaxed with regard to high refugee numbers. Unlike parts of Berlin all parts of Athens are a comparatively safe terrain for immigrants. The Greek fascist party Chrysi Avgi grew up during the crisis and is still around 8% in the polls, but in the streets of Athens these people are not present, probably for fear of the strong Antifa scene. Due to the crises-induced migration, the attitude of many Athenians seems to be generally more positive. Even the formerly unpopular Albanians or Turkish Erdogan refugees are received joyfully today. The relatively large hospitality in Athens is also linked to the fact that the city has always been a shelter for migrants and refugees. From a historical point of view, modern Athens is nothing else than a fast-growing, huge refugee and migrant settlement. The crisis situation means that the labor market on the ground may be more difficult than elsewhere in Europe, but foreigners in Athens are currently in an advantageous situation compared to the locals on job search, as the Jobs chapter describes. At the same time, the crisis allows favorable living, business and experimentation areas, as well as a social environment, which is inevitably open to new developments. The openness is also favored by the migrant history of the city, which results in a relatively high level of hospitality and acceptance against strangers. However, the further crises can not be foreseen and the situation can change at any time.