Migrating north through Europe

Source: Wed, 6 May 2015 16:30 PM
Author: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Afghan, Iranian and Sudanese immigrants, living precariously in abandoned factories in Patras, western Greece, try to stow away on nearby ferries to Italy as they seek a better life in Europe beyond crisis-hit Greece.

Shocked after some 900 people drowned last month in the worst Mediterranean shipwreck in living memory, European Union leaders have agreed to triple funding for sea patrols, but disagreement persists on what to do with those fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. Some in Patras are recent arrivals, often travelling via Turkey, others have languished in the empty buildings for as long as two years. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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    A man looks at a ferry departing from the western Greek town of Patras May 4, 2015.

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    An African migrant hoping to enter the ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras tries to sneak under a truck which stopped at a traffic light, April 28, 2015.

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    An African migrant jumps over a fence into a ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras, April 28, 2015.

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    A Sudanese migrant reads a pamphlet on racism distributed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in the western Greek town of Patras, May 4, 2015.

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    A Sudanese migrant stands beside clothes hanging out to dry in a deserted textile factory in the western Greek town of Patras, April 28, 2015.

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    An Afghan migrant tries to send text messages to friends as he sits in a wood factory near a ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras April 28, 2015.

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    An Afghan migrant sits in an abandoned factory near the ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras, April 28, 2015.

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    Sudanese migrant Mahdi Babika Mohamed, who is also a rap singer with the stage name Twopack, walks down stairs at his shelter in the western Greek town of Patras, May 4, 2015.

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    Sudanese migrants cook food in their shelter in the western Greek town of Patras, May 4, 2015.

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    An Afghan migrant is seen at the entrance to a wood factory close to a ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras, April 28, 2015.

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    Afghan migrants hoping to get onto a boat to Italy play cards inside an abandoned factory across the street from a ferry terminal in the western Greek town of Patras April 28, 2015.

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