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European Journal

Greece: The orphans of Alexandroupoli

The tragic story of the refugee boat that sank off the coast of Lampedusa shocked people across Europe. The disaster took more than 200 lives and left many children as orphans.

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Europe faces a dilemma: as its borders are tightened, refugees become increasingly desperate to reach the continent. As a result, places like Lampedusa and the River Evros in Greece are subject to growing bottlenecks of asylum seekers. Thousands of people have already drowned. We look at an orphanage in Greece that takes in children who have lost their parents on one of the many perilous crossings.