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In 2015, Idomeni, a small village close to Greek/Macedonian border, became an informal crossing point for thousands of refugees travelling the so-called Balkan Route. When Macedonia closed its borders for asylum seekers and migrants in March 2016, those who were denied entry set up camp in the vicinity of the railway station, hoping the border would open soon. Unofficial camp quickly grew to accommodate as many as 12-15 thousand people (according to different accounts). On May 24th, 2016 Greek authorities began moving refugees out of Idomeni Camp to various facilities, mostly in and around Thessaloniki.

General view of north-western part of Idomeni camp with Macedonian mountains seen in the background. Ditch-digging around tents was necessary to sustain heavy rains.

General view of north-western part of Idomeni camp with Macedonian mountains seen in the background. Ditch-digging around tents was necessary to sustain heavy rains.

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Refugee children build a fort with firewood on the outskirts of Idomeni camp.

Refugee children build a fort with firewood on the outskirts of Idomeni camp.

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Young migrrants and refugees hang out around shipping containers, where the WiFi signal is strong. With journeys lasting weeks or even months communication with family and friends, as well as staying well-informed, remains vi

Young migrrants and refugees hang out around shipping containers, where the WiFi signal is strong. With journeys lasting weeks or even months communication with family and friends, as well as staying well-informed, remains vital.

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Solitary migrant is illuminated by his mobile phone screen. With journeys lasting weeks or even months communication with family and friends remains vital.

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Three juvenile migrants gather around a fire in front of railway car converted into makesift living quarters. Housing and sanitary conditions are difficult but people at Idomeni make the most of resources they have.

Three juvenile migrants gather around a fire in front of railway car converted into makesift living quarters. Housing and sanitary conditions are difficult but people at Idomeni make the most of resources they have.

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Makeshift foodstall next to the train station building. Even though food is provided by NGOs, some migrants, having spent here several weeks, show enterpreneurial spirit offering familiar Middle-Eastern cuisine in foreign cir

Makeshift foodstall next to the train station building. Even though food is provided by NGOs, some migrants, having spent here several weeks, show enterpreneurial spirit offering familiar Middle-Eastern cuisine in foreign circumbstances.

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Sleeping baby is passed between family members waiting in line to receive clothing from UNHCR distribution point.

Sleeping baby is passed between family members waiting in line to receive clothing from UNHCR distribution point.

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Children's clothes hang from a barbed wire fence. The fence running along railway tracks was often used as a clothesline.

Children's clothes hang from a barbed wire fence. The fence running along railway tracks was often used as a clothesline.

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Young girls exiting the old part of Idomeni train station as poplar seeds, carried by the wind, mark the end of spring. Most refugees and migrants spent at least several weeks at Idomeni camp.

Young girls exiting the old part of Idomeni train station as poplar seeds, carried by the wind, mark the end of spring. Most refugees and migrants spent at least several weeks at Idomeni camp.

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