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Austerity and recession triggered massive demonstrations in Greece in 2012, many of them ending with clashes between protesters and riot police forces.
Greece is the main entry point for about 90 percent of all illegal immigrants of all nationalities arriving in the European Union, according to Warsaw-based Frontex, the European Union border agency.
Ismaiel Rahimir from Afghanistan has sown his lips together during a hungerstrike to protest the long wait times for processing applications for refugee or humanitarian status in Greece. According to Caritas Athens, only four people were granted refugee status during the first six months of 2010. As of December 2010, Ismaiel Rahimir had been waiting for more than a year for a decision of his status.
An estimated number of five million illegal migrants live and work in the European Union. A number growing with at least 500.000 each year, despite great efforts by the EU, and in particularly the border states Spain, Greece and Italy, to prevent them from entering the EU.
In an area in the outskirts of Calais which goes by the name “the jungle", Afghan children and adolescents as young as 12 years of age, wash themselves in the waste water of the local factory.
They seek shelter and try to keep warm under blankets in the bushes and in tents donated by local charity organizations. It has been a very long and harsh winter. Should the migrants by any chance have assumed to have reached a peaceful place to rest after fleeing the war in Afghanistan, they have very soon been met by a quiet different reality. In the jungle of Calais the Afghan boys also seek shelter from a different power: the local riot police.