Over at The Nation, Anna Lekas Miller paints a sad portrait of the unfortunate fate of Syrian refugees stuck in Greece. For them, Greece was a waypoint on the path to salvation in Europe, but for many if has become a (more) permanent home in makeshift camps not meant to house people permanently. One woman she spoke to said she had only brought two chances of clothes, thinking that she and her family would be in Europe and free within a short period after fleeing the war in her home nation. But that was last winter, and many of these Syrians are still stuck between two worlds.
As Miller writes: "Over the past year, what it means to be a refugee in Greece has changed drastically. This time last year, it was a transit point; tens of thousands were passing through Greece on their way to Germany, where German Chancellor Merkel had just suspended the Dublin regulations, a controversial EU stipulation that asylum seekers must apply for asylum in the first EU country they enter—making Germany the promised land, and Greece merely a stop along the way. Shortly thereafter, the European Home Affairs Committee passed a measure to resettle 120,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to 28 countries across the European Union, further fueling the European dream. ... One year later, only about 5,000 of the promised 120,000 have been resettled. The need for asylum slots has multiplied since the borders through the Balkan countries have closed, with 57,000 refugees—like Ayhan and her family—who have been stranded in Greece for at least six months."
Read Anna Lekas Miller's full story over at The Nation here.