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If smugglers are so dangerous, why do Syrians contact and pay them?

Syrians meet mainly two kinds of smugglers during their trip North: sea and land smugglers. The news usually cover traffickers when they talk about dangerous people gaining from the smuggling of human beings. Human smugglers are usually associated to forced prostitution or forced land working; we think of them as kidnappers who keep people working for […]

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Why doesn’t Italy register the fingerprints of Syrians?

When a person wants to ask for asylum in a country member of the EU, this person can ask for it only once on European territory. Once here, this person is allowed to ask for asylum only in the first country of the Union that it enters. People who arrive to Italy by sea have, […]

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Did all the people who passed through Italy come by Egypt or Libya?

The majority of Syrians who have passed through Italy in the past year and a half have left Syria around 2011 and 2012. As we have seen, these people often richer, were able to take flights to Egypt and Libya and from here they decided, sometimes months or years later, to take the road by […]

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What are the finger prints and who are the ‘Dubliners’?

The Dublin regulation states that asylum seekers who arrive to Europe need to apply for protection in the first country that they enter. In order for this to be checked on, their fingerprints and photos will be taken and inserted in a database called Eurodec. Like this every time that someone applies for asylum in […]

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Who are the Syrians who arrive to Italy?

Since its beginning, the conflict in Syria, has created around 7,6 milions of internally displaced persons and more than 3 millions registered refugees although it has been estimated the real number is much higher. The majority of these people are staying in Syria’s neighbouring countries: Lebanon (1.700.000 people). Turkey (1.600.000) ad Jordan (800.000). At the beginning […]

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Why, instead of promoting beautiful but illegal initiatives, why don’t we take concrete actions at international and European levels?

During our events in schools and at evenings where we talked about our project and the trip that Syrians within Europe have to make, you have asked us many questions, you have expressed your doubts, perplexities and outrage. Starting from this one question that has left us feeling proud of being part of a world […]

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Abu Mohammed

Possiamo farti una foto? – chiediamo – Una?! Io ne voglio almeno una trentina. Pacioso, sereno, ironico, Abu Mohammed é un signore sulla quarantina ma si diverte con noi con la gioia di un ragazzo. In moschea, dove dorme a Catania, non ha niente da offrirci e simula di versarci del tè nei bicchieri vuoti bevendolo poi con gusto. […]

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Cinque amici di Homs.

In moschea a Catania incontriamo cinque ragazzi tra i venti e trent’anni provenienti da Homs. Stanno seduti sulle panchine della piazzetta davanti alla moschea in calzoni e ciabatte, in una mano la sigaretta nell’altra un bicchiere di tè caldo. Provano uno skateboard abbandonato nei giardinetti accanto, cadono, ridono. Tra chi fugge dalla guerra è raro […]

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Fares

Fares è in coda alla biglietteria della stazione di Catania. Tira fuori da una tasca della giacca un rotolino minuscolo di plastica, lo srotola lentamente togliendo numerosi giri di cellophane finché non ne escono parecchi biglietti da 100 euro. Rivedremo spesso questo gesto, una protezione dall’acqua del mare dei soldi vitali per arrivare a destinazione. Parla inglese […]

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بعد البحر – Ba’ad al bahr – Dopo il mare

In Svezia abbiamo trovato parte delle illusioni infrante, un’attesa ancora lunga, tanta stanchezza. In Sicilia invece ci hanno accolto visi sorridenti e sollevati: i volti parlano di unviaggio in mare che è finito, parlano di vita, sono i sopravvissuti e il peggio sembra ormai essere alle spalle. Il viaggio attraverso l’Europa invece sta solo per cominciare. […]

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