Contribution by Dr Yorgos Christidis, Associate Professor at the department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental studies at the University of Macedonia and Researcher at the South – East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP, under the title “Greece and diaspora: thoughts on the policies – relation of the national centre with diaspora (1976 – today)”, part of the proceedings of the 2nd international conference on the Greek diaspora under the title “Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora” co – organized by Charles Darwin University, Aegean University and the University of Macedonia, on 12 July 2019 in Thessaloniki.