A man watches a ferry depart from Patras, Greece. Afghan, Iranian and Sudanese migrants, many living in abandoned factories in Patras, try to stow away on nearby ferries to Italy. Source: The Atlantic
The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as an Italian rescue vessel approaches off the Libyan coast. Source: The Atlantic
Fleeing the war-ravaged countries of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, trekking overland to Turkey or Libya, then crowding into ramshackle dinghies in hopes of crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. This is the multipartite journey behind the increasingly dire Mediterranean Migrant Crisis. 60,000 people have made the journey this year alone, according to the UN–and 1,800 of them did not survive. But even for those who do, the journey doesn’t end there. From those who must then hide out in Greece’s abandoned factories to those who attempt to stow away on trucks and ferries bound for Italy and beyond, see more at The Atlantic.
The body of a dead migrant is carried from a merchant ship in the Sicilian harbor of Catania on May 5. Around forty migrants died in the Mediterranean the day before, according to the survivors. Source: The Atlantic