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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 exploring the journey undertaken by asylum seekers in search of sanctuary and the ordinary citizens living in the towns and communities caught up in the largest mass movement of people across Europe since World War II.
 
 
 
 
 

Table of Contents

 

Crossing the Valley

Jelena Prtorić and Tjaša Kalkan

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 Belle Ma Ville

Julia Druelle and Rob Pinney

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.

 

The Cuban Connection

Jelena Prtorić and Julia Druelle

We learn why some Cuban asylum seekers are being drawn to Serbia, as entry to the United States has become increasingly difficult.

 

After Arrival

James Graham and Charlotte Maxwell

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.

 

Global Ireland

Jonathan Ho

Irish photographer Jonathan Ho photographed those who call Ireland home, while having a dual or shared sense of national and cultural identity. 

 

After the Snow

Rob Pinney

Istanbul has been through a lot in recent years. But in January 2017, as more than a foot of snow began to fall, everything came to a stop.

 

 

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