In August, 2015, Germany began welcoming asylum-seekers. By October, thousands of immigrants were arriving on the Greek islands everyday, from where they made their way across the continent towards Germany, Sweden and other Western European countries. They faced dangers and obstacles along the way.
LESVOS, GREEECE: Families arriving after crossing from Turkey on a rubber dingy.
A boat full of approximately 50 refugees arriving in Lesvos in October, 2015.
European volunteers attend to immigrants who just landed on the island of Lesvos, providing them with emergency blankets and transportation to the nearest camp.
Men wait for news of missing family members at the port of Molyvos, after a boat carrying about 300 immigrants crashed off the island of Lesbos, Greece, en route from Turkey in October, resulting in more than 30 dead.
Members of the Spanish lifeguard team Proactiva try to revive an Afghan man who was rescued after he was thrown into the water during rough seas. The man later passed away.
MORIA CAMP, LESVOS: Alla Abdo, left, with his cousins Jihan, holding baby Luna, one of her four children, locked outside of Moria Camp in Lesbos. Abdo said they are all Syrians who lost their documents en route.
An Afghan woman uses a blanket to try to keep warm during a rainstorm at Moria transit center in Lesbos, where some waited for days to register with Greek authorities.
GREECE/MACEDONIA BORDER: Macedonian authorities began building a wall to control asylum-seekers
IDOMENI CAMP, GREECE: Macedonian border authorities begin implementing nationality checks, leading to crowding and clashes, as people vie to cross the border.
Iranians kept out of a queue to enter Macedonia from Greece.
Asylum-seekers crowding and waiting many hours, in some cases days, to cross the Greek-Macedonian border.
Only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans were allowed to cross the border after new rule were established, stranding Pakistanis, Iranians, Yemenis and others.
MACEDONIA, GEVGELIJA: Migrants who made it across the border from Greece waiting for a train.
Macedonian train departing Gevgelija.
MACEDONIA, TABANOVCE: Families crossing through no-man's land between Macedonia and Serbia on October 11, 2015.
A man takes a break while trying to push his disabled friend across the border from Macedonia to Serbia through thick mud. Families crossing through no-man's land between Macedonia and Serbia on October 11, 2015.
SERBIA, PRESEVO: Migrants arriving and waiting (sometimes days) to be registered, after crossing the border on foot from Macedonia. About 1000 people a day are crossing through Macedonia by train and then arriving in Serbia, en route to the EU.
Families waiting in cold, rainy weather to register with Serbian authorities in Presevo in October, 2015.
SERBIA, SUBOTICA: An Afghan man looks at his newly shaven face in a broken piece of mirror after having his beard shaved off before attempting to cross into Hungary from Serbia. Dozens of migrants camp each night at an abandoned brick factory outside of Subotica.
Saeqa, 28, right, and her husband Toryalai Amini, 30, and their three children, (ages 9, 4 and 3) immigrants fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan, camped out at an abandoned brick factory called "The Jungle" before attempting to cross into Hungary.
HUNGARIAN BORDER: Nusaeba, left, with her sons Wassim, center, and Muayad, an daughter, Maya, right, Palestinians from Damascus, Syria, stand directly in front of the Hungarian police line minutes before police attacked a crowd of immigrants.
HUNGARY, ROSZKE: Hungarian police detaining immigrants the evening before the Hungarians closed the southern border with Serbia.
HUNGARY, BUDAPEST: Men wash their feet at Keleti Station. Of the thousands of people are transiting through Budapest everyday, many have walked for long distances on the route through the Balkans on their way to Western Europe.
CROATIA: TOVARNIK: A Syrian immigrant boy lines up with hundreds of other asylum seekers primarily from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to board a train from Tovarnik, Croatia towards Hungary on their way towards Germany and other Western European countries in October.
CROATIA, BREGANA: Waiting behind a police fence with hundreds of other Afghan asylum-seekers, Hamayoon Ziraki, center, watches as Syrian families are selected to board buses provided by Slovenian authorities to cross the border and travel onward towards Austria.
The Gulun family from Deir ez-Zor, who lost patience living in a refugee camp in Turkey and decided to try to migrate to Germany, waiting at the Croatian-Slovenian border for permission to cross.
GERMANY, HAMBURG: Afghan men gathered at the Hamburg train station wait for trains to get to their assigned destinations around Germany and towards the Swedish border.
GERMANY, BERLIN: Afghan women hold signs that read "Apschiebehaft" which means "deportation" in German. Hundreds of activists gathered in Berlin to protest recent government pronouncements indicating Afghans may not qualify for asylum in Germany and therefore could be forcibly deported.
Farhat Mohamadi an Afghan immigrant in Germany, holds his 7 year-old son Farhat, who he failed to enroll in public school. The family had sought refuge in Iran but then were deported back to Afghanistan, and then decided to take their chances emigrating to Europe.