Welcome to Europe
In just a few months, Lesbos, a small Greek island a few miles off the Turkish coast, has changed from a tourist paradise to a refugee hellhole. In early October, around 7,000 people crossed the strait a day, on smugglers' rubber boats, seeking a better life in Europe.
They won't find it here in Lesbos, for the Greek economy is in a bad shape. This is just the beginning of a long journey through the Balkan states, Hungary, Croatia, and Austria, from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, to northern Europe, which still welcomes the people who manage to make it all the way.
Germany is on top of the list, welcoming more than a million refugees this year. Hope and a small backpack is all people bring with them.