People react as they watch the parliament session on a huge screen during a rally outside the Catalan parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Catalonia's regional parliament has passed a motion saying they are establishing an independent Catalan Republic. Separatist lawmakers erupted in applause as the vote was approved with 70 votes in favor of independence, 10 against and 2 blank ballots. Most opposition lawmakers had left the chamber in protest moments before the vote. (© Santi Palacios)
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A woman enters in a Barcelona's metro station wrapped with an "estelada" or independence flag, during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Some thousands are expected to rally in Barcelona to show support for an independent Catalan nation and the right to vote in a controversial referendum that has been banned by Spain. (© Santi Palacios)
"Santi Palacios, an independent Spanish photojournalist on assignment for the Associated Press, was embedded with Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group begun by volunteer lifeguards who responded to the historic influx of asylum-seekers on the shores of Greece two years ago. With rough seas early on July 25, Palacios thought it could be a quiet day. But close to 11 a.m., a call came in about a dire situation 12 miles away. The vessel, named Open Arms, dispatched two speed boats that raced to the scene.
“We could very easily see that something was wrong, that something was not normal,” Palacios told TIME in the hours after the scene unfolded. The rescuers attempted to bring calm and distributed life jackets before disembarkation could begin. “It wasn’t until we took these four kids with us on our speed boat—and one woman to take care of them—that we really started hearing there were bodies inside.”
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"Breath rising in a plume above him, Bashir, 8, darted among the sleeping bodies on the floor of the abandoned Belgrade warehouse. In a corner lay a wet, grey blanket, edged with sleet.
“This is where I sleep,” the Afghan child said, pointing at the ground. “It’s very cold.”
The building has no windows, doors or beds. While the roof offers some protection from the heavy snow, it feels as cold inside as outside. Last week, temperatures dropped to -15C in what locals describe as the worst winter for 70 years. Fires lit by the freezing migrants fill the air with acrid black smoke, reverberating with the sound of hacking coughs.
“I don’t like sleeping here,” said Bashir, his tiny blue puffa jacket buttoned up.…"
Filas interminables de gente aterida, refugios sin electricidad, ni agua, ni letrinas en condiciones. Tan solo hogueras y mantas para combatir las gélidas temperaturas y una precariedad que lo envuelve todo. Las fotografías de Santi Palacios podrían haber sido tomadas en la Europa asolada por la Segunda Guerra Mundial de la década de 1940, pero pertenecen a la Europa de las fronteras cerradas de 2017.
En Serbia hay más de 7.000 personas bloqueadas a raíz del acuerdo entre la Unión Europea y Turquía que entró en vigor en marzo del año pasado, según cálculos de la ONU. "Lo que ahora se llama crisis de refugiados en Europa es probablemente la más mediática de la historia. Foto y vídeoperiodistas bombardeando permanentemente con estas imágenes a los medios, y estos a su vez las reproducen – aunque no tanto como nos gustaría-. Lo que no queda claro es si esto sirve de algo, o si perjudica a corto y medio plazo", dice el fotoperiodista, que lleva años documentando las rutas de refugiados.
Sub-Saharan migrants and refugees scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in SpainÌs North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police. During the pre-dawn border storming, cries of pain and noises of people being hit could be heard as police from both sides tried to prevent dozens of the sub-Saharan migrants from entering the city from Morocco. (© Santi Palacios)