Trapped at the Border
More than 12,000 refugees and migrants are stuck in an improvised camp in Idomeni, Greece, as borders tighten in Europe.
The town’s given name is Idomeni--but for the increasingly desperate people stranded there, it is limbo.
Nestled along Greece’s northern border with Macedonia, the small town has become a typical stop for refugees fleeing crises in their home countries and attempting to reach countries like Austria and Germany on migrants’ so-called “Balkan Route.”
But what was once a relatively swift transit point is now a bottleneck, says photographer Davide Monteleone. He first visited Idomeni in February, and returned there earlier this month.
In February, “refugees waited maybe one to two days before crossing the border to Macedonia,” Monteleone says. During this more recent visit, “it was so much more crowded; it’s muddy and conditions are horrible.”
His photographs of Idomeni are part