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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees wait to be transported by train to the Macedonian-Serbian border while the Macedonian border police is guarding them. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees are crossing the Greek-Macedonian. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, in the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee child carries his luggage as he walks on the train tracks to the Gevgelija bus station. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees are crossing the Greek-Macedonian. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees wait in the line to cross from the Greek side of the border to the Macedonian. Idomeni, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee crosses the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border from Idomeni to Gevgelija on August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border from Idomeni to Gevgelija on August 23, 2015

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border walk towards the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Portrait of a refugee child waiting for the train that will take him to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee child waiting for the train that will take him to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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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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Spain: The Difficult Path to Asylum
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
19 Jun 2015

According to the UNHCR, there are more than 60 million refugees worldwide, who had to flee their homes because of prosecution, wars and human rights violations. This is the highest figure since the end of World War II.

Once again, the number of people who managed to seek asylum in Spain has been very low: only 5,947, which just represents 0.95% of the total in 28 countries from the European Union. And among all those asylum seekers, only 384 got the refugee status by the Spanish government.
Barcelona is the second city in Spain with the highest number of asylum requests (690). Only Madrid shows a higher figure (1,861). This photo collection shows the story of 6 migrants, most of them asylum seekers and refugees who live and survive in Barcelona.

World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20.

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Asylum: Majd's Perilous Journey
Beirut
By Transterra Editor
19 Jun 2015

When we talk about the problems that face the world, we often discuss them in magnitude and numbers. We speak of millions displaced, hundreds of thousands dead, and many wounded.

However, what is often lost below the melee of statistics and news headlines are the stories of the individuals who endure these tragedies. Their personal experiences are what humanize all of the numbers and talking heads.

22-year-old Majd Bayoush was driven out of his hometown of Kafranbel, Syria by war. Desperate to start a new life abroad, he was smuggled to Europe via a long and dangerous underground railway.

He first travelled overland to Turkey, and then took a dangerously overloaded inflatable boat from Turkey to the Greek island of Samos. Once in Greece, he was registered with the Greek authorities and held in a migrant detention center.

After his release from the migrant detention center he began a perilous and exhausting overland journey from Greece to Germany. He trudged on foot over mountains and through forests in the bitter European cold.

Despite his tribulations, Majd was one of the lucky ones. He reached his destination of Hamburg…alive.

Majd’s story is just one of millions of stories about migrants risking their lives over sea and land to have a chance at a better life.

June 20th marks World Refugee Day. The commemoration is an opportunity to pause and consider that, with 50 million displaced people worldwide, today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War 2.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (left), 46, from Bolivia, attends a birthday celebration at Latin American Women Association in Barcelona, Spain.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (center), 46, from Bolivia, attends a birthday celebration at Latin American Women Association in Barcelona, Spain.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, and her friend Graciela (left), walk downstairs to the metro station after attending a birthday celebration at Latin American Women Association in Barcelona, Spain.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez, 46, from Bolivia, travels by metro after attending a birthday celebration at Latin American Women Association in Barcelona, Spain.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
16 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (center), 46, from Bolivia, visits Leonor (left) and her partner Nixon at her house in Barcelona, Spain. Leonor, a 67-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (left), 46, from Bolivia, makes up Josefina's face, at Sant Joan Despí Hospital, Barcelona, Spain. Josefina, a 96-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of elder and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Bolivian national Gilda Arnez (left), 46, visits Fina and others at her former job at Sant Joan Despí­ Hospital, in Barcelona.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, visits Maravillas at her house in Cornellà, Barcelona, Spain. Maravillas, a 90-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, visits Maravillas at her house in Cornellà, Barcelona, Spain. Maravillas, a 90-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, visits Gustavo (center) at Clinica Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. Gilda used to be his caregiver few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of elder and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
07 Jun 2015

'Fodoy', from Gambia, changes his clothes in a gym in Barcelona, Spain. 'Fodoy' is a nickname for this migrant from Gambia, who arrived to Barcelona in 2007 without residence permit. He fled the country due to political prosecution and departed in a boat to the Canary Islands. Then, the Spanish authorities transferred him to Valencia and then to Barcelona. His asylum request has been blocked until 2017 due to having been condemned for drugs dealing. Until then, he is struggling to find accommodation and to have income to survive, although organizations such as CCAR assist him from time to time.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
07 Jun 2015

'Fodoy', from Gambia, practices weights in a gym in Barcelona, Spain. 'Fodoy' is a nickname for this migrant from Gambia, who arrived to Barcelona in 2007 without residence permit. He fled the country due to political prosecution and departed in a boat to the Canary Islands. Then, the Spanish authorities transferred him to Valencia and then to Barcelona. His asylum request has been blocked until 2017 due to having been condemned for drugs dealing. Until then, he is struggling to find accommodation and to have income to survive, although organizations such as CCAR assist him from time to time.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
07 Jun 2015

'Fodoy', from Gambia, practices weights in a gym in Barcelona, Spain. 'Fodoy' is a nickname for this migrant from Gambia, who arrived to Barcelona in 2007 without residence permit. He fled the country due to political prosecution and departed in a boat to the Canary Islands. Then, the Spanish authorities transferred him to Valencia and then to Barcelona. His asylum request has been blocked until 2017 due to having been condemned for drugs dealing. Until then, he is struggling to find accommodation and to have income to survive, although organizations such as CCAR assist him from time to time.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
07 Jun 2015

'Fodoy', from Gambia, practices weights in a gym in Barcelona, Spain. 'Fodoy' is a nickname for this migrant from Gambia, who arrived to Barcelona in 2007 without residence permit. He fled the country due to political prosecution and departed in a boat to the Canary Islands. Then, the Spanish authorities transferred him to Valencia and then to Barcelona. His asylum request has been blocked until 2017 due to having been condemned for drugs dealing. Until then, he is struggling to find accommodation and to have income to survive, although organizations such as CCAR assist him from time to time.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

10-year-old Anatoliy Eliseev, from Uzbekistan, does his homework, while his mother Nina does the laundry at home in Barcelona, Spain.
Nina Eliseeva, 33, arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by her ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing the scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

Nina Eliseeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, and her son Anatoliy, 10, are leaving their home, in Barcelona, Spain.
Nina Eliseeva arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by his ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

Nina Eliseeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, with her son Anatoliy, 10, walk around their neighborhood, in Barcelona, Spain.
Nina Eliseeva arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by his ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

Nina Eliseeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, travels by subway in Barcelona, Spain.
Nina Eliseeva arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by his ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

Nina Eliseeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, does her shopping in a supermarket in Barcelona, Spain.
Nina Eliseeva arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by his ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

Nina Eliseeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, enters to a Metro station after doing her shopping in a supermarket in Barcelona, Spain.
Nina Eliseeva arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by his ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
05 Jun 2015

Nina Eliseeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, travels by subway in Barcelona, Spain, after doing her shopping.
Nina Eliseeva arrived in Barcelona in November 2013, after suffering many years of harassment by his ex-husband back home. She is Catholic and her husband's family is Muslim and repudiated her for not wearing scarf and not practicing Islam. She took her son Anatoliy and migrated to Barcelona, where her brother Ivan was living. After nearly two years, she finally obtained asylum status and got a job as a shopkeeper. She wants to remain in Barcelona and reunite with her parents.