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Patrick ZachmannIllegal Immigration in Europe, Third Step: Greece: many find themselves trapped on an island, stranded in a kind of 'no man's land.'
Patrick Zachmann has devoted a large part of his photographic and video work to the theme of immigration and Diasporas. His current project documents illegal immigrants fleeing their homelands for Europe, many of whom find themselves trapped on an island, stranded in some kind of "no man's land". His first step was to visit Malta, where thousands of immigrants keep on arriving. The second step was Calais, during the dismantling of the camp known as "the jungle" set up by migrants on their way to Britain.
Greece is his third step where he gained permission to go on patrol with the Greek coast guards. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East attempt to enter Greece by boat via the Aegean islands each year. The main route for immigrants goes trough neighboring Turkey, where in places the two countries are separated by just a few miles of open water. They want to arrive in Europe where they can ask for asylum and make a new life. Most of them come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Eastern Europe, Algeria, Morocco or Palestine. Many pretend to be Afghan or Palestinian in order to be protected by a refugee or political status.
Zachmann witnessed the conditions in which migrants are arrested, classified and sent to overcrowded detention camps. Greek authorities didn't allow him to get into these camps but even from outside, he could realize how unbearable the living condition of prisoners, including children and women, were. He saw the bad faith of the Turkish coast guards who don't cooperate with Greek police. The reaction of migrants against the prospect of being returned to Turkey suggested the abuse they receive there.
One night on the road Zachmann met families of immigrants that had just disembarked and could pass through the police controls. By chance he found them again some days later in Athens and collected stories of their epic journey.
The voyage of these people is not only extremely expensive, they could, at any moment, be sent back to their original country, and suddenly all of their hopes and efforts to find a better life, would be in vain.
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