Authors: Marianna Karakoulaki, Dimitris Tosidis
Date of Publication: 22/11/2017
Title: Closed borders boost people smuggling across Balkans
Short summary: Refugees continue to cross the Balkan route into Europe that the EU-Turkey deal was meant to cut off. Smugglers show the way. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis report from Chios, Thessaloniki, Belgrade and Sid.
This story follows up on “EU-Turkey deal fails to stop refugee flow” which won the Third Place Online Category Migration Medi Award in 2017.
When Mohammed, 27 – not his real name – arrived in Greece, he knew it would not be too easy for him to reach Europe; yet he was hopeful that once he arrived on the Greek mainland his European dream would come closer. This is what his smugglers in Turkey had promised him.