Young migrants and refugees in Greece wanted to be heard. So they started their own newspaper.

Migratory Birds, which boasts a bimonthly circulation of 13,000, is one of the only refugee-led initiatives in Greece left still standing.


Mahdia Hosseini, 28, and Fatima Sedaghat, 16, sit elbow-to-elbow at the corner of a long, wooden table, their heads nearly touching. They’re editing an article about the importance of setting goals for oneself, which Sedaghat penned for the next issue of Migratory Birds, a refugee-run newspaper in Athens, Greece.


The two young women are working at the Network for Children’s Rights youth center in downtown Athens, which serves young refugees, migrants and low-income Greeks. It’s open from morning until night, but is busiest just after school lets out around 3 p.m.


Migratory Birds, which boasts a bimonthly circulation of 13,000, is one of the only refugee-led initiatives in Greece left still standing. Like so many of the humanitarian aid programs across the country, however, recent funding cuts have meant an uncertain future for the newspaper that has given voice to dozens of aspiring journalists from the migrant and refugee communities in Greece since it began publishing in 2017.


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