Migration Media Award: Third Place Online Category
Author: Marianna Karakoulaki
Date of Publication: 4/4/2017
Title: EU-Turkey deal fails to stop refugee flow
Short summary: The story ‘EU-Turkey deal fails to stop refugee flow’ tried to look at the results and impacts of the EU-Turkey deal a year after its implementation by emphasising to refugees and migrants who have limited options left and usually try to find other means of travelling out of Greece. My colleague, Dimitris Tosidis, and I specifically tried to cover four areas in Northern Greece: an abandoned building in Thessaloniki in which undocumented migrants, and smugglers gather; one refugee camp in Northern Greece; the former unofficial refugee camp of Idomeni; and the train tracks that pass behind another refugee camp in which refugees sleep and attempt to jump on moving trains. The story was chosen after an continuing investigation of smuggling alternatives in and around Thessaloniki, it was translated in German, Arabic, Dari, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and was published on the day of the deal’s implementation.
Last year Idomeni – the small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border that had become a symbol of hope for thousands of refugees – was packed with people. A few days earlier the EU-Turkey deal had come into effect, yet thousands of people still hoped the borders would open.