At the Gates of Europe: an insight into the Greek refugee crisis and the effects of EU border policy.

December 2015 - April 2016

The current refugee crisis has been the biggest mass movement of asylum-seekers since the end of the second world war, and an important topic in Europe and the rest of the world for years now. Media narratives often obscure the realities happening on the ground, whilst demonising the people attempting to cross into Fortress Europe.

Throughout all of these clashing narratives, I wanted to gain an in-depth understanding of the journeys made by the men, women and children behind the word ‘refugee’. Focusing on EU border policy and it’s unseen effects on the ground; I covered the period in Greece from when Syrians, Iraqis & Afghanis were passing through into Europe, to when the borders were shut to all nationalities after the announcement of the EU-Turkey deal, and the stagnation that followed to this day. 


From the Aegean Sea to the Southern Balkans; this aims to show what asylum-seekers had to endure, and still endure, at the gates of Europe. 

©2019  Zaid Thanoon.