Slideshow - Greece’s Migration Crisis

  • Since 2010, about 300 undocumented migrants have entered Greece each day via its land border with Turkey. In response, a 12.5km fence has been raised and 2,000 more police deployed

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  • Lt Sofia Rapti is part of the border police force that makes daily patrols along the new fence. Their presence has helped reduce the number of illegal crossings since early August

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  • A wave of xenophobic violence has made many migrants in Athens afraid to walk the streets

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  • Greece’s severe financial crisis has bred social unrest and intolerance of the nearly one million irregular migrants living in the country

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  • Ibrahim Jafari, 17, from Afghanistan, is among thousands of unaccompanied minors entering Greece each year. Sleeping on the streets, they are vulnerable to abuse and sexual exploitation

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  • Many migrants in Athens rely on NGOs like the Afghan Refugees and Migrants Community Organization for food and clothing as well as legal and health services

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  • Nine shelters around the country offer refuge to just 338 unaccompanied minors. Artwork by one child suggests a traumatic journey from Afghanistan

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  • Mousa Jalloh, 18, from Sierra Leone, stowed away on a boat to Greece last year. He lived on the streets of Athens before moving to a centre for unaccompanied migrant minors in Lesbos

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  • Asylum seekers in Greece often wait years for a decision to be made on their refugee status. Until then, they carry temporary documents that fail to prevent police harassment

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  • A mob of more than 100 people recently smashed up the offices of the Tanzanian Association in Athens while local residents looked on. The police made no arrests

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Greece’s Migration Crisis

OCTOBER 2012 - In recent years, Greece has become the main gateway to Europe for migrants and asylum seekers. Most want to continue their journey to other European countries but run out of money and become stranded in Athens, where they have grown increasingly unwelcome as the country’s financial crisis deepens. Recent measures to tighten border control and detain all undocumented migrants have made their existence even more precarious.
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