Angelos Tzortzinis, In Search of the European Dream
For the thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing political and social turmoil in the Middle East the journey to Europe means departing in Turkey and entering the European Union via the Greek border, or, more recently, the Greek islands of Kos and Lesbos. In an effort to minimise numbers crossing at the land border the Greek government built an 8-mile long, 8-foot high barbed-wire wall. However, this has caused a flood of refugees and migrants to try crossing via the Aegean Sea. For many, it is their first encounter with the sea and hundreds have lost their lives in their attempt to reach safety.