Series chronicling the migrant crisis in Europe and the influx of them coming ashore in Lesbos, Greece. More than 500,000 people arrived in the European Union last year, seeking sanctuary or jobs and sparking the EU’s biggest refugee emergency in decades. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train.
Santi Palacios was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1985 and works mainly outside of his country as a freelance photographer. He has contributed to the Associated Press, The New York Times and El País among other outlets and has won multiple awards for his work. Also a trained sociologist, he has focused much of his work on immigrants and where they come from as well as their journeys and final destinations. Since early summer 2015 he has extensively covered the refugee route between the Greek islands and northern Europe, mainly for the AP.