Angelos Tzortzinis | In Search of the European Dream

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Country of origin: Greece
Project location: Greece
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2016

During recent years, Greece has been the main entry point to Europe for thousands of refugees and migrants. Chios, Kos, and Lesbos are the Greek islands that have received the biggest wave of people arriving aboard dinghies. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 3,770 have lost their lives in their attempt to reach the European Union.

Today more than 60,000 people are trapped in Greece ever since countries in the Balkans - the main passageway to western Europe - closed their borders. Newly-erected border fences, graveyards, and dumpsites are evolving the landscape, brutally and fast. Day by day, Europe is changing and Greece all the more so.

Left with few choices, hundreds of thousands of refugees are becoming a part of Europe. Some of the changes they endure are deep and permanent, others more fleeting. Ultimately, the experience will remain with these migrants forever as they wait, solemnly, in anticipation of the future.