Three young Syrian men gather to start a fire in an abandoned building inside the Moria registration camp on Lesvos. Single men are often required to wait longer to register than families and are not provided with the limited shelter that is designated for women and children.
A young Afghan refugee looks up the cliffs towards the Oxy Transit camp on Lesvos.
A boy stands on a fence to see over the crowds at the entrance of the Moria registration camp on Lesvos during a rainstorm. The registration process is in constant flux as Greek authorities try to deal with the large amounts of refugees arriving on the island. However, the priority is for registering families and those with proper identification papers. Single men were placed in a separate registration line. Some men said they had been waiting to be registered for three or four days.
A young man walks along the road outside the Moria registration camp on Lesvos. The fluid and sometimes dysfunctional registration process leaves many in a state of limbo without the ability to continue through Greece, buy food, or rent a hotel room until they are registered by Greek authorities. Volunteer organizations provide basic necessities like tents and blankets while refugees wait but oftentimes they go to the neediest, mainly women and children.
New arrivals wait for their number to be called to be registered by Greek authorities at the Moria registration camp. The registration process changes frequently as Greek authorities try to prioritize registering refugee families over individuals.
A group of new arrivals wait to be registered by Greek police at the Moria registration camp on Lesvos. Young, single men travel in small groups to Europe and try to pass as groups of brothers or cousins to receive the preferential treatment families are given during registration on Lesvos in order to continue on their journey quicker.
A young refugee waves to a friend as he charges his phone at a charging station providing by an NGO at the Oxy transit camp on Lesvos. Refugees often use messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to communicate with family and each other along their journey.
A group of young friends from Afghanistan bathe in the ocean below the Oxy transit camp on Lesvos. They had travelled together by rubber raft from Turkey but they all said they had different final European destinations where they believed they had the best opportunity to find work and housing.
A young man sleeps while other refugees line up to be registered at the Moria registration camp on Lesvos.
Three young refugees sleep near the bus loading area at the Oxy transit camp on Lesvos. Families are given priority when loading buses bound for the registration centers at the south of the island and young men are often asked to sleep outside until more buses arrive the next morning.
A group of men wait to board a bus bound for the registration camp at the southern end of the island of Lesvos. Families are given priority when loading buses bound for the registration centers at the south of the island and young men are often asked to sleep outside until more buses arrive the next morning.
According to the UNHCR, 65 percent of the migrants coming to Europe are men. Young single men represent the largest demographic coming to Europe and also are the source of most the fear and apprehension about the migration.