Coast Guard vessel docked in Samos (Photo: Sarah Elzas)
Greece: many come,
few want to stay
Entering Europe is no easy feat these days, but hundreds of thousands of people still manage to arrive illegally. Southern border countries are on the front lines, receiving a growing number of people each year. These days Greece is overwhelmed with people from Iraq and Afghanistan coming via Turkey. I visited Samos, one of the hundreds of small Greek islands in the easter Aegean, which receives about 80 people a day, coming through the water, and the coast guard goes on patrol each night to find them and bring them in.
This piece was produced for RFI and aired December 24, 2008.