eastern mediterranean route

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas | Photo: Julien Warnand/AFP/Getty Images
From file: The Lebanese army searches for survivors after a boat carrying irregular migrants sank off the shore of Tripoli, Lebanon on April 24, 2022 | Photo: picture-alliance/Ahmad Said/Anadolu Agency
Brothers Alaa and Omar Q. R. were arrested in northern Italy on human smuggling charges | Photo: picture alliance/Associated Press
Migrants arrive in the port of Roccella Jonica, Calabria region, southern Italy, early Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 | Photo: Alessandra Tarantino/AP/Picture-alliance
Cyprus is the EU's eastern-most country, lying just west of the coast of Lebanon. Many migrants also arrive in the country via Turkey and the land border between the Turkish-controlled northern part of the island and the Greek-speaking south | Source: Google Maps
Ibrahim Kamara comes from The Gambia and crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Cyprus on a boat. He is now a fellow with Project Phoenix | Photo: Project Phoenix
Provision for asylum seekers in Cyprus is patchy and reception centers are 'full to capacity' say the government | Photo: DW/M. Karakoulaki
Cyprus is the most eastern EU country and located much closer to Syria and Turkey than the rest of the EU | Credit: France24
Many asylum seekers make their way to northern Europe via the Balkans | Photo: picture-alliance/K. Nietfeld
Migrants at the port of Motril, southern Spain, after being rescued by Spanish authorities on February 7, 2020 | Photo:EPA/PEDRO FEIXAS
A group of migrants rescued by Spanish maritime authorities stand on a rescue vesel as they arrive at Malaga port, Spain, Feb. 11 | Photo: Picture-alliance
The photo was taken from the rescue ship the Aita Mari in Lesbos, Greece, April 2019. In the last few years many migrants have attempted the crossing from Turkey to various Greek islands | Photo: Aita Mari