Issue 01 . Journey
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the concept of a united Europe has been tied to ideals of prosperity, stability, openness and tolerance – a model of inclusivity in a divided world. But the advent of the current “refugee crisis”, combined with the effects of ongoing economic austerity, has triggered a new era of nationalism and self-interest.
Today, those fleeing conflict and oppression are welcomed with open arms by some Europeans, while being shunned or demonised by others. Unity and openness are challenged by suspicion and fear – and a return to walls, wire and the infrastructure of hard borders.
In issue one, we travel from Serbia to the French-Italian border, to the North of England and the often-maligned French city of Calais to explore the journey undertaken by asylum seekers searching for sanctuary, as well as that of the ordinary citizens living in the towns and communities caught up in the largest mass movement of people to and across Europe since World War II.
"Politically significant pieces of journalism"
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In issue one:
After border checks were temporarily reintroduced in the wake of the Paris Attacks, we see how the residents of La Roya responded when thousands of asylum seekers suddenly arrived in their otherwise quiet valley.
Calais has become synonymous with some of the most controversial aspects of the "refugee crisis" and is known to most only as the former site of the "Jungle". Now efforts to rebuild a troubled tourism industry are underway – but not everyone agrees on the direction.
Having travelled across Europe to reach the UK, asylum seekers then face a second journey as they adjust to British society. It is a journey that can often be as physically and mentally challenging as the first.
Irish photographer Jonathan Ho photographed those who call Ireland home, while having a dual or shared sense of national and cultural identity.