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Patras | Photographer: Enri Canaj

Patras | Photographer: Enri Canaj | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

In the port city of Patras, there are hundreds of immigrants who were deliberately denied the slightest assistance (housing, food, medical care, freedom of movement) -even those that have already been legally recognized as refugees.

Most of them have fled conflicts in Darfur, Afghanistan and Syria, and when they saw the squalid living conditions in Greece, they tried to continue their journey to other countries of the European Union, risking their lives again.


Trucks transporting goods between Italy and Greece are the only way to access the ferry linking the two sides. The increasing militarization of Greek ports forces immigrants and asylum seekers to improvise the most unlikely and risky maneuvers in order to hide in the basement of a truck.

These people have left their countries thinking that Greece would be a short station in their trip to Italy, France or Germany. But, six years have gone and they still remain in Patras, living all together in an abandoned factory next to the port... - Enri Canaj

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Photo report's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:04 AM

Enri was born in Tirana, Albania in 1980. In 2003 he graduated from Leica Photographic Academy. He worked as an advertising photography assistant while pursuing his own projects .

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Shadows in Greece | Photojournalist: Enri Canaj

Shadows in Greece | Photojournalist: Enri Canaj | Hitchhiker | Scoop.it

The centre of Athens, as I first remember it, was full of life.

During the period before the Olympic Games, there was great development. New hotels appeared in order to host the visitors, shops, restaurants and cafes kept sprouting up, it was full of people everywhere. All this happened within a few years. It was as if the city put on new clothes. During the days of the Olympics, the city was clean and well-guarded. You would not see street- merchants, drug-addicts or immigrants, just tourists and people who came in order to have a good time. In my eyes, it looked like another place.


As time passed, the city started deteriorating and gradually recovered its previous character: the everyday life that we all knew, with the junkies, the street-merchants, the the immigrants and the prostitutes.

Time passes fast. The city is now fading. Some people abandon it due to the crisis. Many shops and hotels have shut down, the centre is now almost deserted. People fear they will get ripped-off, they hear that this happens all the time. They no longer feel like going out and wandering about like before. They even fear seeing all the poverty and destitution, the drug-users who will rip you off for their shot, the women prostituting themselves.


But for me, those people were always there. I found them all there when I first arrived as a 9-year old child. They were always there when I was growing up. They are somehow trapped in their lives, subsisting in terrible circumstances, in squalid houses with insufficient hygiene.

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Photo report's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:59 AM

Enri Canaj was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1980. He spent his early childhood there and moved with his family to Greece in 1991, immediately after the opening of the borders. He is based in Athens and covers stories in Greece and the Balkans.


He studied photography at the Leica Academy in Athens. In 2007 he took part in a British Council project on migration, attending a year-long workshop with Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos.

Since 2008, he has been a freelance photographer for major publications such as Time Magazine Lightbox, Newsweek, Le monde Diplomatique (German edition),TO VIMA, TA NEA, Tachydromos and VIMAGAZINO. A sample of his work has been exhibited at the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece in Athens and Salonica, at the Bilgi Santral in Istanbul, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Athens Photo Festival.


He has been working in the Balkans, mainly Kosovo and Albania, as well as Greece, focusing on migration and the recent crisis.