Blog Archive Why Millions of Refugees are Heading to Europe - Part One

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Four years after the start of the Arab Spring, the shockwaves the movement has sent through the entire Middle East have arrived in Europe. Millions of refugees are trying to escape war, conflict and poverty. Many European governments struggle to find political solutions to the crisis; in many places, administrations are overburdened and radical anti-immigration groups are gaining support.

But then why are refugees heading to Europe? Why are they risking their lives only to be stoped by European border police? Why don’t they want to stay in the camps set up for them by the international community? Wouldn’t it be better for them to stay close to their home countries? Many Europeans ask themselves such questions.


Over the past years, contributors at Transterra Media have been following the refugee crisis in many countries and from many different perspectives - right from the early stages. This is a collection of stories about people who fled their home and who struggle to survive on a daily basis. To many of them, risking the journey to Europe does seem better than a life in poverty, a life in a camp, a life without family.

TTM contributors have followed the trail of people to Turkey, Lebanon, Djibouti, Iraq and many other places. Interviewed prostitutes, orphans and devoted Christians who all had to tell their unique story about war, poverty and what keeps them going every single day. 

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Refugees in Djibouti – One of the poorest nations on earth takes care of Yemeni refugees

[footage by TTM contributor Edouard Dufrasne]


Refugees in Lebanon – Surviving Winter with no roof over your head

[footage by TTM contributor Chérine Yazbeck]


Refugees in Turkey – Syria’s Orphans have no time to grow up

[footage by TTM contributor Isabel Hunter]


Refugees in Iraq – A Swiss monk shelters a hundred Christian refugees in his monastery 

[footage by TTM contributor Nils Metzger]


Come back next week for the second part of our TTM Story Collection about the ongoing refugee crisis.