Santi Palacios/AP
Santi Palacios/AP

This series chronicles the migrant crisis in Europe and the influx of refugees coming ashore in Lesbos, Greece. More than 500,000 people arrived in the European Union last year, seeking sanctuary or jobs, and sparking the EU’s biggest refugee emergency in decades. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train.

Artist Bios

  • Santi Palacios/AP

    Santi Palacios was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1985 and works mainly outside of his country as a freelance photographer. He has contributed to The Associated Press, The New York Times, and El País, among other outlets, and has won multiple awards for his work. Also a trained sociologist, Palacios has focused much of his work on immigrants and where they come from, as well as their journeys and final destinations. Since early summer 2015, he has extensively covered the refugee route between the Greek islands and northern Europe, mainly for The Associated Press.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Coming Ashore

 archive : 2016

Featuring: Santi Palacios/AP

Presented by: United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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