Two Faces of the Refugee Crisis in Europe
March 2014: Since the summer of 2013, Bulgaria has seen a dramatic increase in Syrian refugees crossing the Turkish border. Meanwhile, Sweden became the biggest European host country of refuges, following a move in September 2013 to offer permanent residency to Syrian refugees.
We sent reporters to meet some of these refugees and tell their stories. Journalists, teachers, law students, engineers – many of these people led middle-class lives in Syria before their sometimes arduous journey to Europe.
In Sofia, journalist Damian Vodenitcharov spoke with refugees in the hallways of the dilapidated Voenna Rampa refugee camp. In Stockholm, journalist Nathalie Rothschild met refugees at the Märsta arrival centre and spoke in length with them.