In early 2015, the refugee push out of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan via Turkey intensified and within a year, over a million refugees entered Europe via Greece - primarily by making the narrow sea crossing between Turkey and the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, and Samos. Most of these refugees have moved on and the flow has nearly abated after Turkey and the European Union agreed in March 2016 to return most refugees making the crossing to Turkey. Local Greeks valiantly assisted many refugees - 42% were women and children. We wish to honor these Greeks, promote tourism on the islands, and raise funds for projects that help restore hope and dignity for refugees around the world. Register for Ride for Refugees 2016 and payhere.
refugees crossing from turkey to greece
Many Greeks helped refugees ashore
many children are refugees
refugee child appreciates a stuffed animal and hug
most refugees have now left the greek islands and have continued their journey north through europe