eastern mediterranean route

Tourists on the Greek islands frequently discover reminders of the migrant situation - like this abandoned boat on Lesbos | Photo: Guillaume Pinon/NurPhoto/picture-alliance
27 migrants, rescued by a greek tanker, disembark from a vessel of Hellenic Coast Guard in the port of Kardamena, Kos Island, Dodecanese, Greece, August 10, 2022 | Photo: EPA/Hellenic Coast Guard
From file: A destroyed rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea | Photo: Fabian Heinz/Sea-Eye
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