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Evros: The immigrants’ gateway

VII mentor Giovanni Cocco captures scenes of transient life near Evros, the river lying on the border between Turkey and Greece that has become the main entrance for about 75 percent of illegal immigrants arriving into the European Union. More than 120,000 migrants and political asylum seekers reached Greece last year, and more than 40,000 of them arrived through the Greece-Turkey border. Asian and African migrants increasingly used the river Evros to reach the European Union after debated bilateral agreements blocked the traditional routes in the Central and Western Mediterranean. Greece’s economical crisis has added to the instability of the situation, making the migrant issue overwhelming for the government. In an effort to manage the inflow of illegal migrants, the Greek government intends to build a 12-kilometer wall of iron and wire along its land border.

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