Franziska Grillmeier is a freelance journalist currently based on the island of Lesvos, Greece.

Her work explores themes of forced displacement, the European migration politics and health care in conflict. Franziska travels extensively around the European borders, while working on long-term reporting projects in between the Middle East and Central Asia. She works mainly for German media outlets such as ZEIT, Süddeutsche Zeitung, WDR and SPIEGEL. 

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Franziska Grillmeier
Forced displacement, European migration politics, health care in conflict

Supported projects

Prisons in Paradise

  • Human Rights
  • Migration

SAMOS-KOS - This cross-border independent investigation focuses on the newly opened “closed controlled access center” on the island of Samos. The first “pilot project of the European Union” that opened on the 18th of September this year and was entirely financed (43 Million Euros) by a fund of the EU-Commission, which vowed to “No Moria Morias”, after Europe's biggest refugee Camp Moria, on the Greek island of Lesvos burned down last year.