Greece: Patra Palace by Alfredo D'Amato

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A group of Afghan refugees run behind a truck trying to open the back doors and hide inside to get to the ships in the port. Usually two or three people are hiding in each truck, the others close the doors during the run. Patras is home to about 3,000 illegal immigrants. Most of them are Afghans, although there are also some Iranians and Uzbeks. They stop in Patras to try and find passage to various European destinations by hiding in ships, containers and trucks parked in the port. If they are lucky they will make it to their destination. Many of them live in shacks made from cartons, plastic and wood they found on the beach. To shelter from the cold they also squat in abandoned buildings, living without water and electricity. The living conditions are inhumane and unhygienic.