The selection officer who interviewed Vassiliki Daflou in Athens described her as ‘just an average girl’. However, her so-called ‘average’ nature did not hold her back from being an ambassador for an Australian government campaign to encourage Greek women to migrate to Australia. Greek migrants make up the third largest migrant group to come to Australia during the post-World War II mass migration movement, after the British and the Italians. A large number of Greeks came to Australia through chain migration and the Assisted Migration Agreement between the Australian and Greek governments. Initially the assisted passage programs favoured the migration of Greek men, who provided semi-skilled and unskilled labour in rural and urban areas. The campaign to encourage migration also benefited the Greek government. Following World War II, Greece faced extreme hardship during and after the civil war. Migration was necessary to avoid increasing poverty and unemployment.

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