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A raft arrives with 50 more refugees as it passes an abandoned ship used by smugglers in Lesbos, Greece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A Syrian man helps his young daughter across the rocks as they land on the island of Lesbos, Greece from Turkey. Many immigrants don't know how to swim, which makes the crossing that much more frightening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

An aide worker tries to calm a young boy who cries uncontrollably after landing on the shores of Lesbos with his family. Calm seas and warmer weather make the crossing easier for at least a dozen boats arriving from Turkey to Lesbos, Greece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A Syrian man helps his young daughter across the rocks as they land on the island of Lesbos, Greece from Turkey.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Amal Ahmad weeps as she hugs her daughter Lavin, 3, when they reach the shores of Greece. Amal and her husband and three daughters crossed together in a rubber raft with 40 some people. The smugglers made them throw all of their bags overboard so that more people could fit in the boat. "I was afraid for my daughters," said Amal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A Syrian man who made the crossing without family sits on the beach with his prosthetic leg at his side.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Fewer boats arrived with immigrants than on previous days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A woman is overcome as she arrives on the shores of Greece after crossing in a rubber boat from Turkey illegally.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A refugee waves as he arrives on a raft from Turkey at night. Volunteers wait on shore to assist the refugees as they arrive.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Still in their life vests, barefoot and wet, refugees stand in the road after getting off their raft which they arrived in from Turkey after dark.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

At one of the refugee camps on Lesbos, there are no bathroom facilities for some 3,000 people and only two water sources. It is a grim setting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

An Afghan man prays at sunset at a refugee camp on Lesbos. There are no bathroom facilities for some 3,000 people and only two water sources for many of the Afghan and Pakistani refugees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Over 1,000 refugees board an ocean ferry to cross from Lesbos, Greece to Athens, Greece. Many of the refugees waited days outside before getting a ticket for the crossing due to the massive numbers. Five ferries a day, each with over 1,000 refugees are crossing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of refugees sleep on the floor of the ferry from the island of Lesbos to Athens, Greece, where they will begin the next leg of their journey towards Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Uncertain of their future, an Afghan woman hugs her son as they ride the ocean ferry from the island of Lesbos to Athens, Greece, where they will begin the next leg of their journey towards Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Immigrants arriving from the western Croatian border walk from the train station to the Slovenian border where they will cross into Austria. Special migrant trains, each carrying over 1,000 people, arrived three times a day throughout the fall of 2015.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Jamileh Heydari nurses her young son, Matin, in the crush of people against the barricade leading to Austria. With four other children, she and her husband hope to cross the border of Slovenia into Austria with thousands of other migrants to get to Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Austrian border guards try to maintain calm and control as thousands of immigrants push forward in desperation. Each border creates panic amongst the refugees who fear a change in the EU open-border policy may cut their journey short.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Narges Heydari, age 15, of Afghanistan catches her brother as he is lifted over the fence at the Austrian border. Narges and her parents, and three other siblings arrived from Afghanistan. Thousands of people push to get across the border into Austria from Slovenia where they were held up for days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A young Syrian girl tries to get help for her mother who she was separated from in the immigration line.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A woman gets off the train carrying a child after arriving from the Croatian border not knowing where to go. Three special migrant trains carrying over 1,000 refugees each arrive daily in Sentilj, Slovenia, the last stop before the Austrian border.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Syrian immigrants wait aboard a train in Dobova, Slovenia, where they are given information by a man from the aid agency Caritas. Over 3,000 migrants per day are being sent by special trains across Slovenia to the border of Austria. Many countries has not agreed to have the immigrants settle in their country and tried to move them along as quickly as possible.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

One of thousands to arrive per day, a Syrian man has his photograph taken at the border of Germany and Austria, where officials document the immigrants before they board trains to points throughout the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Thousands of people push to get across the border into Austria from Slovenia, where they were held up for days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Thousands of men, women and children have been camping for two days on the Slovenian border as they wait to cross into Austria.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Austrian border guards shine a light on the crowd of people desperately waiting to enter the country. As the flow of migrants surge forward, many had waited days in the cold to cross from Slovenia to Austria.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Separated from his family, 16-year-old Sardar Mohammed, of Afghanistan, waits at the German border refusing to move on with the other migrants despite the plunging temperature. He knows it might be the last chance to find them before being sent to a refugee camp in Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Unable to go forward or back, migrants camp in a muddy field at the border of Austria, cutting down trees for fires to keep warm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

In late October, as winter set in and temperatures plunged, hundreds of thousands of migrants were in a race against time as they journeyed across Europe, fearing that the EU open-border policy would end and their chance at a better life be cut short. Over three thousand migrants per day made their way on foot, bus, and train toward the welcoming countries of Germany and Sweden. Border guards and police were overwhelmed by the masses of people who pushed forward in desperation. In a no-man’s-land between the Slovenian and Austrian borders the refugees lacked food, water, toilets or a place to sleep. Unable to go forward or backwards, they were trapped as politician met in Vienna to determine their faith. Oman Saman, of Iraq, stands in a soggy field at dusk holding one of his four children in between the boarders of Slovenia and Austria with no place for his family to sleep.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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Carolyn Cole

Carolyn Cole

Few news stories seized the world’s attention in 2015 like the masses of refugees pouring into Europe. It was the continent’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with a million or more people fleeing war, poverty and hardship, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa.

Cole put a human face on these staggering numbers as she documented the plight of refugees as they arrived on the shores of Greece in flimsy, overcrowded boats and struggled north through Europe, crossing border after border in search of sanctuary.

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