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Destination Europe: Turkey - Greece part 5/5

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Syrian refugees arrive on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Syrian refugees arrive on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos. Reuters/Dimitris Michalakis

A new business is booming in Turkey’s third largest city of Izmir: human trafficking. Thanks to its position in the centre of Turkey’s west coast, it has become a major hub for refugees fleeing conflict in Africa and Middle East who desperately want to make Europe their new home. Though with no safe legal means to get there, thousands are forced to pay a smuggler to board a crowded inflatable boat and sail across the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands. Andrew Connelly has been speaking with refugees in Izmir preparing for their crossing and on the Greek island of Lesbos after they have arrived.

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