Stranded in Greece – Greece Migrant Crisis: Greece has become a flashpoint for the migrant crisis in Europe over the past year. More than 1 million people illegally crossed into Europe in 2015 alone, with some 800,000 of them arriving via Greece. Most of the migrants were coming from Syria,...
Stranded in Greece – Greece Migrant Crisis:
Greece has become a flashpoint for the migrant crisis in Europe over the past year. More than 1 million people illegally crossed into Europe in 2015 alone, with some 800,000 of them arriving via Greece. Most of the migrants were coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq but also from other countries. They are fleeing wars and violence in their home countries in hope for a better future.
The situation in Greece has grown complicated following a deal between the EU and Turkey in March 2016 that stipulates all new arrivals to Greece must either apply for asylum in the country or risk being sent back to Turkey. The agreement has caused a bottleneck of people, particularly along the border with Macedonia at a makeshift camp in the village of Idomeni but also in many other places along Greece. Makeshift refugee camps appeared along the country in Piraeus Port, gas stations and abandoned buildings. Greek authorities started establishing camps for the migrants, mostly in military camps, in order to accommodate migrants in those camps.
Having no home to return to and no place to go, the migrants are dependent on NGOs and volunteers, coming from all over the world, who provide most of their physical needs including tents, food, medicines and physical treatment. The future of these migrants is unclear.
Pictures were taken in Greece in Piraous Port and along the Northern Greek-Macedonian border, April-May, 2016.
A Syrian refugee child at Idomeni camp, Greek-Macedonian border.
A makeshift refugee camp at Hotel Hara, near the Greek-Macedonian border.
The old train station at Idomeni refugee camp.
Standing in line for food distribution at Idomeni refugee camp.
Afghan refugees pray at Pireaous Port.
Syrian refugees are being transferred to a military camp from Pireaous Port.
The military maintained Nea Kavala refugee camp.
A Syrian refugee girl at Idomeni refugee camp.
Syrian refugees in a firewood distribution point at Idomeni camp.
Stranded in Greece.