Different Worlds for Afghan and Syrian Migrants in Athens

Collection with 24 media items created by Manaure Quintero

Greece 08 Aug 2015 00:00

Nearly 50,000 people have illegally entered in Greece, mostly migrants from Afghanistan and Syria. Afghans, with help from the local Afghan community, have taken shelter in an unofficial camp in the Pedion Areos park in Athens, as Greek authorities have failed to formulate a coherent policy on how to handle this massive wave of illegal immigration. Non-governmental charities and civilians try to help, providing food and clothing. In other hand, most Syrian migrants arriving in Athens spend their times in hostels until they find the way to leave. Most of them risked their lives crossing the sea from Turkey in dangerous, overcrowded boats. This is their first stop on their way to continue north through the Balkans to more affluent European countries such as Germany or Sweden.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
23 Jul 2015

An 18 month-old Afghan baby sleeps on a carpet in Pedion Areos Park in Athens, Greece.

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Athens, Greece
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25 Jul 2015

A syrian migrant walks with her son in Piraeus port after their arrival by ferry from Mytilene, one of the islands where immigrants arrive after crossing by boat from Turkey.

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Athens, Greece
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25 Jul 2015

A group of Syrian migrants waits in Piraeus metro station to go to Omonia square, a popular place for Syrians who arrive in Athens for the first time.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
23 Jul 2015

The greek government provides an identification document that allows a 30 days stay for Afghans and six months for Syrians. However, this document doesn't permit migrants to cross borders, so those people remain unrecognized.

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Athens, Greece
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24 Jul 2015

Greek civilians and non-profit organisations provide tents to those who arrive without a place to sleep when they get into the Pedion Areos Park in Athens.

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Athens, Greece
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25 Jul 2015

People hang their clothes between tents in Pedion Areos Park. Afghan migrants try to move on with daily life while waiting for the right moment to try to move to northern European countries.

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Athens, Greece
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25 Jul 2015

Afghan children play in the Pedion Areos park, an improvised refugee camp in central Athens. Almost 60% of the population are children. Everyday approximately 100 people come and go, and around 400 people live here in 75 tents.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
23 Jul 2015

An Afghan woman browses on the internet with her smartphone while her baby sleeps in the improvised refugee camp on Pedion Areos Park in Athens.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
24 Jul 2015

Survival guides handed out by the Greek Council of Refugees litter the ground in Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
24 Jul 2015

Panagiotis Andronikidis is an Athenian who spends hours every day helping Afghans and entertaining children in Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
24 Jul 2015

A women tries to cool her son who has fever inside a tent in the improvised refugee camp in Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
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24 Jul 2015

A young Afghan prays behind the tents in the improvised refugee camp of Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
23 Jul 2015

Members of the Afghan community in Athens leave the Pedion Areos Park after making donations to their countrymen. Many Afghans who lives in Greece help these migrants to reach more prosperous countries in the EU like Germany and France.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
26 Jul 2015

Women spend their days taking care of their households inside Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
24 Jul 2015

Afghan teenagers plays with water while they wash their body and clothes in the improvised refugee camp inside Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
26 Jul 2015

Afghan migrants play at night inside Pedion Areos Park after a warm day in Athens. The summer is the best season of the year to cross the Mediterranean from Turkey to the Greek islands.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
25 Jul 2015

A Syrian child travels with a group of Syrians in the Athens metro from Piraeus port to Omonia Square, the most common place where migrants gather when they first arrive in Athens.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
26 Jul 2015

A Syrian migrant plays music on a computer inside Janeiro Bar. Janeiro Bar is a popular place in Omonia Square for Syrian immigrants because its owner has prepared the place with menus written in Arabic, and offers free wifi and affordable food.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
25 Jul 2015

Janeiro Bar, located in Omonia Square in the center of Athens, provides Syrian immigrants menus written in Arabic, free wifi and affordable food.

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Athens, Greece
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25 Jul 2015

Syrians who are already established in Athens help migrants catch the bus to Thessaloniki from Omonia Square. Thessaloniki is a city close to the Macedonian border. At that point, smugglers ask for money to guide migrants through an illegal border crossing by foot.

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Athens, Greece
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25 Jul 2015

Syrian Children play in Omonia Square in central Athens, while their relatives prepare the bus trip to Thessaloniki.

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Pedios Areos
By Manaure Quintero
23 Jul 2015

An Afghan family leaves Pedion Areos Park in the middle of the night to catch a bus to Thessaloniki for cross the border to Macedonia in their way to Germany.

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Athens, Greece
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23 Jul 2015

An Afghan family checks their bus tickets to Thessaloniki, a 7-hour trip to the city nearest the Macedonian border.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
23 Jul 2015

Afghan comrades says goodbye to immigrants who take the bus to Thessaloniki and the beginning of their journey to northern Europe.