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Davos to Lesvos: the European refugee crisis seen from different heights

Dawn breaks over a refugee camp on Lesvos, Greece Image: Alissa Everett

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The Greek refugee response, on a per person basis, is the most expensive humanitarian response in history. It is dogged by large overheads, expensive operating environment, and a plethora of agencies, local, European and International who at times competing for the same budgets. Add to this an irregular flow of volunteers, oscillating from too many to too few, and almost all staying for too short a time. Finally, layer on all of this the usual levels of Greek bureaucratic and endemic corruption that locals complain accompany everything in Greece. Image: Alissa Everett
Image: Alissa Everett
In early 2017, a rare cold spell hit Southern Europe bringing subzero temperatures and dumping snow across Greece, including more than a foot of snow on the islands that most know as Summer resorts. Though predicted by meteorologists, the storms caught the authorities unprepared, leaving thousands of refugees stranded in adequate tents exposed to the freezing conditions Image: Alissa Everett
These images were taken in Lesvos, Thessonaliki, Ioannina, and Athens Greece over 10 days in February 2017. Some of the subjects requested that we did not use their names. Image: Alissa Everett

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