2016 / Editorial / General News

The migrants odyssey in Europe

  • Photographer
    Alessio Paduano

Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. Political instability, poverty and civil war in North Africa and the Middle East are some of the causes of this enormous flow. The scale of the crisis has put huge pressures on some destination countries, in particularly Greece and Balkans. At least 350,000 migrants crossed the EU's borders in January-August 2015, compared with just 280,000 during the whole of 2014. The Syrians, who represent the largest number of arrivals by sea, escape from a civil war that killed more than 200,000 people and left nearly 4 million more into refugees. The refugees from Eritrea, the second largest group of immigrants, indicate a repressive government as a reason for leaving their country. Many other immigrants in the Mediterranean come from Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kosovo, Iraq, Iran Darfur, Somalia and other countries, in the hope of a new life somewhere like Germany, France or the UK.

Born and currently based in Naples, Italy. In 2009 I graduated in Sociology at the “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II”. In 2010 I started studying on the MA Photojournalism program at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli where I got my degree with honors. Some of my work have been exhibited in the PAN-Palazzo Arti Napoli (Italy), Biennal of Bibbiena (Italy), Palm Spring Photo Festival (California), Tel Aviv Photo Fair (Israel), etc. My work has been published on Bbc, Time, The Guardian, Newsweek and more.