There is no relief for migrants even when they survive the deadly journey to Europe. They still risk beatings and tear gas filled clashes—usually due to delays in the registration process—from border control law enforcement during their long arduous journey by foot under extreme weather conditions to reach northern Europe. Now, they can not travel beyond Greece, as border control has tightened up in fear of migrant invasion and terrorism. They are trapped. In February 2016, FYR Macedonia erected a second fence becoming the 12th country—along with Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain and Turkey—in the European continent to fortify its border joining Greece. As Europe seals its borders by building razor-wire fences to block the influx of migrants, xenophobia and nationalism poisons the open borders policy and the “democratic” values of Europe.
Nikos Pilos was born in Corfu, Greece, in 1967. He studied graphic arts and since then he worked with some of the most popular Greek dailies, like Kathimerini, Vima, Eleftherotypia and also in weekly magazines like K (published by Kathimerini) and E (published by Eleftherotypia). From 2001 onwards, he works with the international agencies Taiga Press (France), E-Lance (Germany) Sipa press (France) Zuma Press (U.S.A.). Since his first assignment in Lebanon at 1988 and the coverage of Nicolae Ceausescu overthrow the next year in Romania, he has worked in countries like Yugoslavia, Albania, Macedonia, Georgia, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Pakistan, Israel-Palestine, Kosovo,Iraq (where he spent 100 days) etc. Photos of his have been published in magazines like Newsweek, Stern, Focus, Bild, The Independent, Panorama, The New York Times, Washington Post, Herald Tribune, Gente etc. His work has been exhibited in ULISphotoFEST2007 in Istanbul, Turkey, Photokina in Cologne, Germany (2006), Photosynkyria in Thessalonica, Greece (2002, 2006), Gallery 55 (2005).,Athens photofestival 2007-2008, Tops Ã¢?? Word Photojournalism Festival China, 2008, Justina et pax Europa, European Council, Brussels Ã¢?? Belgium 2009, etc. In 2005 he was awarded (Special Mention) UnicefÃ¢??s Photo Of The Year competition, for his work covering the earthquake in Pakistan. He is a founding member of the Greek PhotojournalistÃ¢??s Association.