Significance: Although Greeks have accounted for a relatively small percentage of the total immigrants to the United States, they have formed strong ethnic communities that have kept alive their language, traditions, and religion.Persons of Greek ancestry account for 0.4 percent of the current population of the United States.
Upon arriving in the United States, most Greek immigrants found jobs in various industries.Greece became an independent nation after signing the Treaty of Adrianople in 1832.Following the end of its war of independence, Greece faced a number of internal economic challenges.Source: Department of Homeland Security, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 2008. Includes an introduction by Charles Moskos, and historiographical essay by Alexander Kitroeff. Figures include only immigrants who obtained legal permanent resident status. They opened shoeshine parlors, candy shops, and, most notably, restaurants.