Venezuelan refugees are vulnerable to the worsening outbreak in South America: while coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, it does affect some people more than others.
Hungary’s wall to stop migrants is the latest in a long series
Hungary wants to build a border fence to stop the flow of illegal migrants. Unfortunately, it is not the first country that tries to solve the problem this way.
The Hungarian government decided to build a 4-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia, in order to stop the unauthorised entry of migrants coming from the Balkans. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto announced the plan to the international community, talking about a possible border fence up to 175 km long.
The measure resulted necessary, according to the Hungarian government, due to the escalation of the number of people who crossed the Hungarian border illegally: from 43,000 people in 2014 to 57,000 in the first months of 2015.
In this occasion, the Italian magazine Internazionale realised an interactive map that shows all the existing barriers that have been built all over the world throughout history. These walls divide people and they have never solved problems or led conflicts to an end.
Saudi Arabia–Yemen, 2013
1,800 km to impede alleged terroristic infiltrations
Ceuta and Melilla–Morocco, 1990
8.2 km and 12 km to stop illegal immigration from Morocco to the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla
Cyprus, Greek area–Turkish area, green line, 1974
300 km. The wall represents the United Nations’ cease-fire after the conflict that divided the island
700 km to protect the border from drug traffickers and Sunni armed groups’ infiltrations
230 km to fight terrorism and illegal immigration
482 km. Officially, to contain infections among livestock and avoid herds’ trespassing, but the real explanation seems to be impeding the arrival of illegal migrants
North Korea–South Korea, 1953
4 km, it is the separation of Korea after the war in 1953
Morocco–western Sahara, Berm, 1989
2,720 km to protect Moroccan territories from the nationalist movement Polisario Front
Ireland, Catholic Belfast–Protestant Belfast, peace lines, 1969
13 km to separate North Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants
United States–Mexico, Tijuana border wall, 1994
1,000 km to stop the flow of illegal Mexican migrants into the United States and to stop drug trafficking
730 km to stop the entry of Palestinians into Israel, and to prevent terroristic attacks
India–Pakistan, line of control
550 km to divide Kashmir into 2 areas, the first under Indian control and the second under Pakistani control
4,053 km to block migrants coming from Bangladesh, to stop illegal trafficking and terroristic infiltrations
Pakistan–Afghanistan, Durand Line
2,460 km to end the territorial controversies started during the colonial era between the 2 countries
190 km to control a possible new invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, after the Gulf War
In the midst of India’s coronavirus lockdown, two dozen people lost their lives in a desperate bid to return home: migrant labourers forced to leave the cities where they worked once starvation began knocking at their doors.
Behrouz Boochani returned to being a free man during the course of this interview. The Kurdish writer was imprisoned by the Australian government in Papua New Guinea for six years.
What holds true whether we’re discussing migration or the environment? That “we’re suspicious of anything that shows empathy, goodness or righteousness,” says author and journalist Roberto Saviano. We interviewed him for the launch of his book There are no taxis in the sea.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was signed by 164 nations in Marrakech. This is what the non-binding agreement that encourages international cooperation stipulates.
The winners of the World Press Photo 2019 tell the stories of migrants in the Americas. From the iconic image of a girl crying on the border between Mexico and the United States to the thousands of people walking from Honduras towards a better life.
The Semìno project is a journey of discovery through different countries’ food habits, offering migrants employment opportunities and allowing us to enjoy the properties of vegetables from all over the world.
Travelling across the new route used by migrants to cross the Balkans and reach Trieste in Italy, a reportage that documents the social, economic and political changes of the countries along the way.
World Refugee Day. In fleeing violence and hunger they’re facing the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time
The countries hosting the most refugees aren’t the wealthy, Western ones. An overview by NGO Action Against Hunger reminds us that refugees and internally displaced people are far from being safe.