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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
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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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
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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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
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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Different Worlds for Afghan and Syria...
Athens
By Manaure Quintero
08 Aug 2015

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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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 Seekers in Spain 51
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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Frontex European Agency describes TRI...
Augusta, Sicily
By Alessio Tricani
16 Jun 2015

The spokesperson of Frontex European Union Agency describes the Joint Operation TRITON with its military device and command structure.

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Aceh: Migrants Find Shelter on Indone...
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
08 Jun 2015

Muslim Rohingya people fleeing persecution in Burma and Bangladeshis escaping poverty in their country have found welcoming shores in Aceh, North Indonesia, after gruesome and dangerous journeys in the sea at the hands of mafias of human trafficking. In early May, thousands of them found themselves at the centre of a regional emergency when Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia refused to accept them.

After Thailand cracked down on human trafficking networks who had been operating in the region for years, the traffickers abandoned the boats, leaving their victims adrift with virtually no food and water. The Rohingya and Bangladeshi have been paying human smugglers for years to take them to Malaysia. Many of these smugglers turned out to be traffickers who held their human cargo hostage in camps along the border between Thailand and Malaysia until their families paid ransoms of thousands of dollars.

On 20 May, Malaysia and Indonesia finally agreed to allow the boats ashore after pushing them back to the sea for two weeks. Before that, at a time when the policy of their governments was to deny entry to the Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants, fishermen form the province of Aceh, in Indonesia, rescued three boats carrying almost 2,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi people, defying the orders from the Indonesian Navy.

The Rohingya, widely regarded in Myanmar as Bangladeshi interlopers despite tracing their ancestry in the country for generations, were stripped of citizenship in 1982 and have lived under apartheid-like conditions ever since. Their situation worsened in 2012, when a wave of sectarian violence between the Rakhine Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority engulfed Rakhine State, leaving dozens of dead. The violence also left 140,000 internally displaced people, mostly Rohingya confined in overcrowded camps lacking the most basic facilities.

With scarce means of livelihood and virtually no access to health care or education, in recent years an increasing number of Rohingya have taken their chances embarking to Malaysia. Economic migrants from Bangladesh have increasingly joined the Rohingya. They are fleeing poverty in one of the most impoverished and overpopulated nations in Asia.

While the Bangladeshi migrants are certain that they will be repatriated at some point, and personnel from their embassy have already visited the camps to verify their identities, the future of the Rohingya is more uncertain. They can’t be sent back to their country and the process to resettle them in third countries might take years.

Nevertheless, the Acehnese population seems to have welcomed those who have arrived to their coast with open arms. Many Acehnese visit them to the camps and their donations are making sure there are no shortages of food, and some are lobbying to shelter the Rohingya refugees indefinitely in Aceh.

“I really wish they will stay permanently in Aceh. I have lobbied the Governor of Aceh on this matter, and will raise it with the head of the Senate,” said Rafly, a famous Acehnese singer and Senator.

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Migrants in Indonesia 10
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
08 Jun 2015

Rohingya refugees, Bangladeshi migrants and aid workers pray together at Bayeun camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 8 June 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 17
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
07 Jun 2015

Bangladeshi migrant lies on the floor with fever at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 7 June 2015.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
07 Jun 2015

Bangladeshi migrant at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 7 June 2015. Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants are sheltered in separated compounds because there was a fight between both communities when they were stranded at sea in the same boat in which 100 people reportedly died.

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Migrants in Indonesia 11
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
05 Jun 2015

Rohingya woman prays at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 5 June 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 12
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
05 Jun 2015

A Rohingya girl looks at herself in the mirror after her mother has combed her hair at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 5 June 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 18
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
27 May 2015

Bangladeshi migrants at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 27 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 19
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
27 May 2015

Bangladeshi migrants at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 27 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 09
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
27 May 2015

Bangladeshi migrants at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 27 May 2015.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
26 May 2015

Rohingya refugee at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 26 May 2015. This camp shelters 330 Rohingya refugees who arrived to the coasts of Aceh on 10th May. 190 Bangladeshi migrants who travelled in the same boat are now held in an immigration center waiting for their repatriation.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
26 May 2015

A group of Rohingya refugees plays volleyball at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 26 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 07
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
26 May 2015

Two Rohingya women wash their clothes at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 26 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 16
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
25 May 2015

Rohingya girl plays at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 25 May 2015.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
25 May 2015

Rohingya refugee eats at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 25 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 03
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
25 May 2015

A Rohingya refugee receives an injection against tetanus at Kuala Cangkoi camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 25 May 2015. Like many other women in the camp, she had never seen a syringe before. She was so terrified of the instrument that she had to be restrained by Acehnese medical personnel in order to administer the injection.

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Migrants in Indonesia 21
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
23 May 2015

Rohingya refugee sleeps at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 23 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 22
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
23 May 2015

A group of Rohingya women wait to get aid from the Taiwanese NGO Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation at Bayeun camp in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 23 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 01
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
23 May 2015

A group of Rohingya refugees take a rest at Kuala Langsa Port Camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 23 May 2015. This camp shelters 231 Rohingya refugees from Burma and 425 migrants from Bangladesh who reached the Indonesian coast on 15th May after being rescued by Acehnese fishermen. While the migrants from Bangladesh will be repatriated to their country, the future of the Rohingya refugees is more uncertain, as the Burmese government doesn’t recognize them as citizens in their own country.

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Migrants in Indonesia 04
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
23 May 2015

A group of Rohingya refugees wait to get clothes donated by local people at Bayeun camp, in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 23 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 13
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
23 May 2015

A group of Rohingya women wait to get aid from the Taiwanese NGO Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation at Bayeun camp in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 23 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 14
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
23 May 2015

A Rohingya child sleeps in the floor at Bayeun camp in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 23 May 2015.

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Migrants in Indonesia 24
Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
22 May 2015

Rohingya refugee at Bayeun camp in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 22 May 2015.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
22 May 2015

Group of Rohingya women at the Bayeun Camp, in the outskirts of Langsa City, Aceh Province, Indonesia, 22 May 2015. This camp shelters341 Rohingya refugees from Burma and 92 migrants from Bangladesh who reached the Indonesian coast on 20th May after being rescued by Acehnese fishermen. While all Bangladeshi are men, there are many women and children among the Rohingya.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Carlos Sardiña Galache
22 May 2015

An Acehnese policeman gives candies to Rohingya children at Bayeun camp in Aceh Province, Indonesia, 22 May 2015.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
17 May 2015

'Fodoy' listens music in his bedroom at the apartment that he shares with other three migrants from Gambia and Kenya in Sabadell, Spain. 'Fodoy' is a nickname for a 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 Canary Islands. Then, the Spanish authorities reallocated 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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Migrant Boats Captured by Libyan Coas...
Misrata, Libya
By tom westcott
03 May 2015

The Libyan Coastguard captured four inflatable rubber boats carying over 400 migrants off the coast of Misrata on 3 May 2015. 

"They didn't rescue us, they caught us, they arrested us," said Suliman, an 18 year-old from Senegal. "For sure we would have made it to Europe because the boats were good, but the Libyans were wating for us at sea. They shot into the water to make us stop."

The migrants - mainly from sub-Saharan African countries, said they were told to remove their shoes and belts before being forced to board the heavily-armed tugboat from Misrata Port now frequently used by the Coastguard. They were taken back to Libya where they had all their possessions, including passports, money and jewellry, confiscated, 32 year-old Awal Yai from Senegal said. "I have nothing in the world now, only this dress I am wearing. They even took my earrings."

The men and women sat in groups before being put onto buses. They were not told where they were gping but a Libyan guard said that all the migrants were being transferred to Libya's already overcrowded migrant detention centres. 

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Misrata, Libya
By tom westcott
03 May 2015

Migrants reach out to catch bottles of water and cartons of juice thrown to them from the shore by the Libyan authorities. They are amongst 400 sub-Saharan Africans captured in four inflatable dinghies off the coast of Libya. "They treat us like animals here - you saw how they threw the food and water to us in the boat," said Abubaker, aged 17, from Gambia.

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Misrata, Libya
By tom westcott
03 May 2015

Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa captured by the Libyan Coastguard reach out for bread being handed from the shore. They have not eaten since early morning when they set sail in four inflatable boats, each packed with 95 people, from the coast near Tripoli

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Misrata, Libya
By tom westcott
03 May 2015

Female migrants from Eritrea, brought ashore by the Libyan Coastguard which captured them at sea, hide their faces.