Migrants arrive by a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos. The Turkish boat owner delivered some 150 people to the Greek coast and tried to escape back to Turkey; he was arrested in Turkish waters (Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times - November 16, 2015).
Desperate refugees board the train toward Zagreb at Tovarnik station on the border with Serbia. As key nations tightened their borders, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers were bottled up in the Balkans, placing precarious new burdens on a region of lingering sectarian divisions that was exceptionally ill-prepared to handle the crisis (Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times - September 18, 2015).
Ahmad Majid, in blue T-shirt at center, sleeps on a bus floor with his children, his brother Farid Majid, in green sweater at right, and other members of their family and dozens of other refugees, after leaving Budapest on the way to Vienna. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, fled their homes, risking their lives in dangerous boat trips, illegal border crossings and long bus and train journeys, seeking asylum in Western Europe and Scandinavia (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - September 5, 2015).
Migrants walking past a church, escorted by Slovenian riot police to a registration camp outside Dobova, Slovenia. The small Balkan nations along the path of the human migration through Europe have seen record numbers of refugees cross their borders, and have been overwhelmed in their ability to manage the human flow (Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times - October 22, 2015).
A man tries to shield his child from police beatings and tear gas at the border crossing in Horgos, Serbia. Baton-wielding Hungarian riot police unleashed tear gas and water cannons against hundreds of migrants after they broke through a razor-wire fence and tried to surge into Hungary from Serbia (Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times - September 16, 2015).
Refugees wait in line for documents at a processing center in Presevo, Serbia. Long lines of people stood in the blistering sun, begging guards to let them into the reception center. Refugees had to register to travel farther through Serbia. In Serbia, refugees could register to stay in the country for 72 hours, gaining the right to travel and even to stay in a hotel (Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times - August 27, 2015).
Dozens of refugee families, mostly from Syria, camping underneath the Keleti train station in central Budapest (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - September 1, 2015).
November 28, 2015. Refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Algeria and Somalia struggling for donations of water, blankets, diapers and some clothes on their 10th day encamped near the border in Idomeni, Greece. They were not allowed to cross into Macedonia; only refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were allowed to cross and continue their journeys (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - November 28, 2015).
Macedonian soldiers on the Greek side of the border have built a border fence that divides their town of Gevgelija, in the background, from Idomeni, in Greece, where nearly 2,500 refugees were being barred from entering (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - November 28, 2015).
Roujin Sheikho, at left, from Syria, carries her daughter Widad as her son Nabih, at right, walks with her and other Syrian refugees down the railway before crossing into Hungary from Horgos, Serbia (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - August 30, 2015).
August 31, 2015. Members of the Majid family sleep with their children in their arms in a wheat field as they wait to cross the barbed wire fence at Horgos, Serbia, into Hungary (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - August 31, 2015).
Refugees line up to be registered in a reception camp, in Gevgelija, Macedonia, so they can take a train to Belgrade, Serbia, and continue their journey through the Balkans toward Europe (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - November 21, 2015).
Migrants walking along a dike, escorted by Slovenian riot police, to a registration camp outside Dobova. Despite hopes that falling temperatures and treacherous seas would slow the tide of refugees, fresh fighting in Syria and growing fears of border closings drove more people to undertake the treacherous trek (Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times - October 23, 2015).
A refugee family from Syria gets warm around a bonfire as others line up to be registered in a reception camp, in Gevgelija, Macedonia (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - November 21, 2015).
After battling rough seas and high winds from Turkey, migrants arrive by rubber raft on a jagged shoreline of the Greek island of Lesbos. Fearing capsize or puncture, some panicked and jumped into the cold water in desperation to reach land. This young boy made it, unlike hundreds of others (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times - October 1, 2015).
The body of a refugee who attempted to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey, in the background, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Three other bodies, of a 12-year-old girl, a middle-age man and an elderly man, were also found that morning (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - November 1, 2015).
Laith Majid, an Iraqi, broke out in tears, holding his son and daughter after they arrived safely in Kos, Greece, on a flimsy rubber boat (Daniel Etter, The New York Times - August 15, 2015).
A huge pile of discarded life vests, inner tubes and deflated rubber dinghies, the basic equipment that thousands of refugees have used to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey, at dusk on the Greek island of Lesbos (Mauricio Lima, The New York Times - November 7, 2015).