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12-03-2019Millions of refugees have fled Syria over the past 8 years of conflict. Today, many are seeking to build new lives elsewhere, including in neighbouring countries such as Turkey – host to the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world.
The medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has worked to support people on the move in Greece since 1996. Apostolos Veizis is Director of the Medical Operational Support Unit for MSF in Greece. In this role, he is on the front line of the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. Here, he shares his experiences.
Mr Francesco Bongiorno lives in Sicily and works as migration advisor to the Regional Health Councilor. Here, he shares his experiences – in his own words – of working on improving a coordinated response to the needs of newly arrived migrants and refugees
Over the course of 25 years working on the front line of migrant and refugee inflows on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Dr Pietro Bartolo has seen many tragedies among the approximately 300 000 arrivals, but he has also had positive experiences. Sometimes he has experienced both at the same time. Here, he describes one such instance.