Photos: Life Unfolds in Seven Refugee Camps


From the miraculous to the mundane, this curated stream of Instagram posts offers a rare glimpse inside the biggest temporary settlements in the world.

Jordan – Al Zataari: Established several years ago for Syrian refugees, this camp has been largely defined by protests over lack of food and proper accommodations. This year the U.N. marked the birth of the 5,000th baby at the camp.

Greece – Moria Refugee Camp: Lesbos is a hotspot in the migrant crisis, with thousands arriving on the Greek island via “death boats” launched from Turkey. This is where all arrivals—many from as far as Afghanistan—must register.

France – Calais Refguee Camp: Dubbed “the Jungle,” this settlement was founded in the woods near the French port of Calais on the EnglisH Channel. It’s populated mostly by people from conflict-ridden countries in Africa and the Middle East who are trying to enter the United Kingdom.

Hungary – Roszke Refugee Camp: Huge floods of migrants making their way to Germany are often held up here, on the Hungary-Serbian border. Last year hundreds of them made news when they broke out and engaged in a standoff with police.

Kenya – Dadaab Refugee Camp Market: With over 300,000 people, this is the largest refugee camp in the world. Many are there because of the civil war in Somalia, and up to 80% are women and children.

Greece – Eidomeni: Thousands of refugees pass through this settlement—the only border crossing from Greece to Macedonia—every day, even though it has a maximum capacity of just 2,500. Last summer hunger strikes led to increased security and services.

Turkey – Kills Oncupinar: Not your typical refugee camp. The New York Times described this camp, one of six higher-quality “container camps” set up by Turkey for Syrian refugees, as “incongruously” orderly.

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