"Crossing Europe's doorstep"

Migration; always an act of pursuing a better tomorrow than what is given to you and most often, an evil necessity when leaving your war-torn homeland for another, so that a life in peace is possible. Choosing to live under your own beliefs or love somebody that others may not approve of, can also generate a need of leaving "home". For whatever the reason, the only sure thing is that exile, leaving home, will mark your life forever.

From the beginning of our history on this planet, migratory waves have shaped our world into what we know today. At the moment, we are experiencing the largest migratory wave in Europe after that of theWorld War II. Over one million refugees and migrants coming from war-torn and poor countries arrived in Europe in 2015. 

According to the International Organization for Migration (I.O.M.), from the total 1,005,504 arrivals in six European Union countries - Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus - until December 21, the vast majority - 816,752 - arrived by sea in Greece. However, over 3.771 people are estimated to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea during their attempt to reach Europe.

For those who made it to the shore, the quest for a better future doesn’t stop here. Travelling to Athens with a ferry and continue their journey in order to reach and cross the Greek - Macedonian border is the new objective. Other countries will follow, with the final destination being central Europe and countries like Germany, Sweden and the U.K. With the “migration route” becoming more and more hard to follow due to the closed borders, the question remains… Will they find the future they look for?

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