MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — It's a small step in a long and uncertain escape from civil war and the Islamic State in Syria and difficult circumstances in other nations — but perhaps one of the most emotional.
The beaches of Sikamia (pronounced si-kam-YAH) on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos are Europe's busiest landing point for people desperate to reach the continent.
On a typical day, more than 20 dinghies and boats arrive here, packed mostly with people who cannot swim.
New arrivals face a three-day mountainous trek to island's main town before the start-stop journey begins in earnest across countries that do little to make them feel welcome.
But before it all begins again, there's a brief moment to celebrate on the beaches of Lesbos.
Parents hug their young children, many showing an outburst of relief and emotion, a sight that leaves few who scramble over rocks to record it unaffected.
Here is a gallery of images by Associated Press Photographer Petros Giannakouris capturing scenes of people arriving in Europe.