As Europe’s focus shifts to integration, the humanitarian refugee crisis is still not over


Hellinikon Olympic Park looks like yet another derelict and forgotten space – sad but unsurprising, given how often Olympic venues fall into disrepair and abandonment.

But this baseball stadium on the outskirts of Athens is the site of a very different story.

In 2015, the abandoned park – which had been built on the site of an old airport – was repurposed to house refugees entering Athens along with a number of other sites in the Greek capital.

Patry 1aWhen a team of reporters from the podcast This American Life visited in June 2015, 1,000 people lived in 150 tents within the outfield, unprotected from the summer heat, waiting for the next stage of their journey.

By the time we visited two years later in July 2017, the…

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