The escape from Syria
Yazan dreams of getting to Europe, but when the boat carrying him and other refugees breaks down in Greek waters, a kilometer away from land, he does not get the rescue for which he had hoped. Yazan is one of some 70 refugees whose journeys Swedish Radio has followed during 2014. Several of them describe being abused by the coast guard, and never even reaching land.
Nearly all Syrian refugees who make it to Sweden are granted residence, but first they must make the perilous journey over here – and Europe has literally put up high walls to keep them out.
Radio Sweden reporter Firas Jonblat followed four Syrian friends as they tried to reach safety "on the other side". Their journey went via Turkey, which is where Jonblat first me the four refugees - Hatem, Muhanad, Yazan and Mahmoud - back in April. He then kept in touch with them during their numerous risky attempts to make it into Europe.
Fortress Europe is a series of reports about some 70 Syrian refugees' paths to and within Europe. Swedish Radio has worked in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union to follow these refugees, whose stories you can find here.