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Europe has failed to integrate its refugees – but one tiny Greek island succeeded | David Patrikarakos

Recent migration waves have left refugees and asylum seekers struggling to survive. On Tilos, 50 refugees have been not only integrated but enabled
Migrants receive food and water after disembarking from a vessel at the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete on September 5, 2017, after being rescued off the coast of the Greek island. A group of some 103 migrants aboard a wooden boat off the islands' eastern coast have been safely transferred to the port, with the last few days seeing an increase in refugees and migrant arrivals in Greece. / AFP PHOTO / COSTAS METAXAKIS / Getty Images

‘Sorry, please one cigarette, my friend.” The man is young: early 20s at the most, Syrian I think. He and many others from across the Middle East and Africa patrol Exarchia Square in central Athens. Bereft of work, they beg for change. Often they turn to selling pirated DVDs, tissues or, occasionally, drugs.

The saw around a million people make asylum requests in the 28 EU states. The UN high commissioner for refugees was clear on the severity of the situation: since the second world. And still they are coming. According to the European commission, the number of people seeking asylum from non-EU countries in the EU28 during the .

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