Diana Takacsova’s photography stresses the role of the essential workers who are frequently trapped outside the formal system, juxtaposing it with the intensified land use and the inadequate living and labour conditions present in the Alentejo region.
The agricultural sector in Greece employs about 528,000 farmers, 12% of the total labor force, and is based on small, family-run holdings, dispersed throughout Greece’s countryside. This, at least, is what’s commonly presented.
Up to 10,000 migrant agricultural workers live in makeshift camps in the strawberry fields of Ilia, which produce the “red gold” that generates tens of millions of euros in exports. While the Greek state remains indifferent, the number of workers is expected to increase, as production is projected to skyrocket by 2025, covering approximately 6,200 acres.
A photo essay by Thodoris Nikolaou
Many domestic workers in Greece have been living in the worst possible conditions. Many migrant women who worked as domestics and babysitters have lost their jobs.
During her recent visit to Greece, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson made assurances that new reception centers on the Aegean islands would not be closed facilities. However, the reconfiguration of existing camps on the mainland into closed facilities are progressing at a rapid pace − and the authorities involved are pointing fingers at each other.
Our team is thrilled to announce that our story “The Logbook of Moria” has been nominated for the 2021 European Press Prize for the Distinguished Reporting Award
“I don’t want anything from you. Nor am I happy that my drawing has traveled to another place, while I’m stuck in a prison”, says little Jamal from a detention center on Kos island.
An unpublished piece from earlier this year that attempts to explain a common and noticeable phenomenon that we often encounter in our coverage of refugees.