Syrian refugees walk on a motorway in their effort to arrive at the Greek border station of Idomeni
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Europe seemed like the promised land, worth risking their lives to reach.Each night, groups of migrants and refugees huddle at the railway station of the small border town of Didimoticho, about 3 kilometers from the frontier, setting up small tents and waiting for their chance to cross.Among them is Atia al-Jassem, a 27-year-old Syrian barber from Damascus who is heading east with his wife and 1-year-old daughter after spending months stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border, watching his hopes of reaching Europe ebb away.That trapped about 57,000 people in Greece, a country enduring a six-year financial crisis and with unemployment running at around 24 percent.Jassem and his family stayed for months in Idomeni, a sprawling impromptu refugee camp that sprang up on the Greek-Macedonian border. Europe has no feeling for us at all".They decided to head to Turkey, where Jassem's brother lives. "From there I'm going to cross the river, as others from Syria have told me," he said. He aimed to fly from Turkey to Lebanon and make his way home to Damascus.
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