At the height of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015, more than one million people sought refuge on the continent. Many of them were fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, and most of them were welcomed, even as their numbers overwhelmed Europe’s outer reaches.
Today, the winds have changed. Borders are closing, routes are becoming blocked, and the EU is paying countries like Turkey billions to keep the desperate on distant shores. This, as right-wing, anti-immigrant parties gain traction in polls across much of Europe.
As a result, the number of migrants who do make it is decreasing. But the challenges they face once they arrive, are increasingly on the up.
Shot on the Mediterranean’s migratory front lines, and deep into nationalist Europe, Fortress Europe examines a continent being pushed to the brink, as it struggles to balance its response to the worldwide crisis that’s arrived on its shores.