Gold 2015 / Editorial / General News

Immigration in Kos island

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    Gold in Editorial/General News, 2nd Place winner in Editorial
  • Photographer
    Alessio Paduano

From May 2015 many migrants are arriving on the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey, whose coast is about 5 kilometers distant. They pay smugglers from 700 to 2000 dollars for their sea trip to Europe. The Island of Kos has recently seen a drop in tourist numbers which has been attributed to negative reports on the migrant crisis that is continuing to grip the area. The Aegean sea has become the new entrance door to Europe for them. Around 30,000 migrants have entered Greece so far in 2015, with the country calling for more help from its European Union counterparts.

Born and currently based in Naples, Italy. In 2009 I graduated in Sociology at the “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II”. In 2010 I started studying on the MA Photojournalism program at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli where I got my degree with honors. Some of my work have been exhibited in the PAN-Palazzo Arti Napoli (Italy), Biennal of Bibbiena (Italy), Palm Spring Photo Festival (California), Tel Aviv Photo Fair (Israel), etc. My work has been published on Bbc, Time, The Guardian, Newsweek and more.