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Migrants Bank on Greek Trains to Get to Central Europe

In Pictures: Young Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian migrants arrived in Greece in the last year and found shelter in old rusting carriages around a station on the outskirts of Greece's northern city of Thessaloniki. From there, they monitor freight trains heading to central Europe. Whenever trains stop in the station, the migrants try to sneak into their compartments or jump in between wagons. If they're lucky, they make it across unnoticed. Some said they planned to get off the trains before the border and continue on foot. Often, they are arrested by Macedonian guards and sent back to Greece. No one can say how many have made it.
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An Algerian migrant on an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, April 11, 2017.
An Algerian migrant on an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, April 11, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Algerian migrants run to jump on a freight train in an effort to cross the Greek-Macedonian border without documents, April 7, 2017.
Algerian migrants run to jump on a freight train in an effort to cross the Greek-Macedonian border without documents, April 7, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A Moroccan woman stands inside an abandoned railway wagon, April 11, 2017.
A Moroccan woman stands inside an abandoned railway wagon, April 11, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A migrant sleeps inside an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, April 5, 2017.
A migrant sleeps inside an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, April 5, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Migrants jump on a freight train in an effort to cross the Greek-Macedonian border without documents, April 6, 2017.
Migrants jump on a freight train in an effort to cross the Greek-Macedonian border without documents, April 6, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A migrant sits in an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, April 6, 2017.
A migrant sits in an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, April 6, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A Moroccan migrant stands next to a freight train before it departs, April 12, 2017.
A Moroccan migrant stands next to a freight train before it departs, April 12, 2017. Photo:Reuters
An Algerian migrant smokes inside an abandoned railway wagon, April 5, 2017.
An Algerian migrant smokes inside an abandoned railway wagon, April 5, 2017. Photo:Reuters
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