Marianna Karakoulaki

Marianna Karakoulaki

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Marianna Karakoulaki

Marianna Karakoulaki is a freelance journalist and researcher based in Thessaloniki, Greece and the articles editor, director of the editorial board, and book series editor of the online academic publication E-IR.
Her expertise is in migration and refugee issues, European politics, gender and feminism (especially reproductive rights in the USA), and social movements and protests. 

She currently focuses on the European refugee crisis from Greece - a topic she has been covering since January 2015. She writes for several outlets including but not limited to DW News, IRIN News, the Middle East Eye, she worked as a stringer for News that Moves (Internews), and she contributes to radio programmes including BBC World Service, BBC Scotland, CBC Radio, and Voice of America. She has worked as a field producer for Channel 4 News at the award winning film “Macedonia: Tracking Down the Refugee Kidnap Gangs” (London Foreign Press Association Award for News Story of the Year). Her story for DW News 'EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stop Refugee Flow won the 3rd prize of the European Migration Awards (Online, English).

Marianna has also worked as a producer and fixer for several other media including Radio Television Suisse (Switzerland), Human Rights Watch, BBC Radio 4 (UK), Sanomat (Finland), Voice of America (USA) and others. Her comments and tweets have appeared on BBC Radio World Service, Voice of America, The Guardian, The Times, Mashable, Al Jazeera, Buzzfeed, Bernardinai (Lithuania), Telerama (France) and others.

Her book 'Migration in the 21st Century' will be published in 2017.

She has a BA in Mediterranean Studies (International Relations and Organisations), University of the Aegean, Greece and a MA in International Relations (Security Studies), University of Birmingham, UK.


Greek English

Thousands of refugees are still stranded in Idomeni. Children here have witnessed traumatic events - from war at home to horrible conditions at the camp, facing an uncertain future.


Following the fire that destroyed a large part of the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, life seems to be back to normal - but not for everyone.


More than 15,000 refugees are trapped on Greek islands. Complicated procedures make their situation even harder.


A year after the EU-Turkey Deal came into force, thousands of refugees remain stranded in Greece. The most desperate try to reach Europe by any means.


Border closures within the EU strand refugees in Greece, interview for CBC's As it Happens. Thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan and Syria have arrived in Greece only to be trapped there as Europe's borders close around them. Greek freelance journalist Mariana Karakoulaki is in a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece


Chaos and desperation at the Greek-Macedonian border for Tensions are rising in Idomeni with more than 7,000 refugees - mainly from Syria and Iraq - trapped between Greece and Macedonia. When refugees hurled stones and broke a fence, police fired tear gas.


The Kurds of Idomeni for Following Monday’s Macedonian police action against attempts by refugees to force open the Macedonian gate to Europe, life seems to be getting back to normal – sort of. Marianna Karakoulaki reports from Idomeni.


Die EU behandelt die Flüchtlingskrise als militärisches Problem. Die Folgen: Neue Schlepperrouten entstehen, Flüchtlinge werden hemmungslos ausgebeutet und immer mehr Menschen sterben in der Ägäis. Op-Ed regarding the militarisation of the refugee crisis in German for N-TV.


Buried in water and mud and faced with closed borders, thousands of refugees in Idomeni are trying to figure out their options. Marianna Karakoulaki reports from the transit camp. For

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