Thousands of asylum-seekers remain stranded on Greek islands as they wait for their cases to be processed. Many of them have been there for months. DW’s reporter Oliver Sallet met people living in unheated tents and squalid conditions on Samos.
Alaa Houd came to Germany as a refugee in late 2014, when the massive influx of asylum seekers into Europe had not yet begun. Nearly three years later, he is not quite settled yet, but returning to Syria is impossible.
As smuggling activity in the Aegean Sea has reached the highest level since last fall, the Greek islands are once again becoming overcrowded. Diego Cupolo reports that most new arrivals come via Turkey.
Since the closure of the Balkan route, many refugees who arrived on the shores of Greece are trapped in overcrowded camps without any prospects. A report from Fabian Pianka, who visited the Greek hotspot in Samos.
When hundreds of thousands of refugees made their way into Europe in August and September 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to engage in an open-door policy toward the newcomers. What's happened since then?
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