Thursday, August 20, 2015

Greek Government transfers Syrian refugees to Athens unexpectedly

Athens, Greece, 20 August 2015.
A mass transfer of Syrian refugees from the islands to the inland was organized by the Greek government. The destination changed while the ship was enroute. Unexpectedly, the refugees had to pay 60€ per person for this transfer.

A Syrian refugee woman stands in front a solidarity banner raised by protesters at the port of Piraeus. Protesters stand in solidarity with the refugees.

Syrian refugees disembark at the port of Piraeus, although they have paid an expensive ticket to be transferred to Thessaloniki in Northern Greece.

A Syrian refugee woman with her child after they have arrived at the port of the Piraeus after a long trip from the Greek islands.

A Syrian refugee sits on the ground by the ship with her family after they have disembarked at the port of Piraeus. All of her luggage is in a plastic bag with a few things that she carries from her country.

A Syrian refugee young man sits on the ground by the ship with his family after they have disembarked to the port of Piraeus.

A Syrian refugee young man with his child, stand in front oh the ship, after they have disembarked at the port of Piraeus.

Syrian refugees look happy while the walk at the port of Piraeus after a long trip from the Greek islands.

A Syrian refugee young couple with their child, walk at the port of Piraeus, after they have arrived from the Greek islands.

A Greek man seen walking by the Syrian refugee families who sit on the sidewalk in Athens center. Refugees were transferred to Athens instead of the Northern Greece that was firstly announced, and they do not know where to go for the moment.

A Syrian refugee woman has left her child on the sidewalk in Athens center. Refugees were transferred to Athens instead of Northern Greece that was originally announced. The refugees do not know where to go at the moment.

A Syrian refugee shows his tickets for the transfer. He complains that he paid 60 Euro to be transferred in Northern Greece and instead of this the ship left them in Athens. Now they have to pay another 60 Euro to be transferred to Northern Greece.

A Syrian refugee woman bursts into tears while she sits alone on the pavement of the Greek capital holding her baby. Another woman is seen trying to calm her.

Video: Coast guard tries to push back small boat with Syrian refugees in the Aegean Sea