More than 11 million people have fled their homes since the Syrian uprising began in 2011. Around 4 million are in neighboring countries, while an estimated 7 million more are internally displaced. Relatively few Syrians, only around 200,000, have been able to apply for asylum in European countries. In most cases, they must first brave a dangerous, illegal, and expensive trip to Europe via a human smuggler.
A 2014 travel grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting enabled me to document the lives of Syrian refugees in four countries—Greece, Germany, Sweden, and Russia—as they attempted to adjust to their surroundings, obtain legal status and social services, and build new lives for themselves and their families. More can be found at the Pulitzer Center's project page here: A War's Diaspora: Syrian Refugees in a Troubled Europe.