Red and orange jackets, the same type found under airplane seats or in ship cabins. These are life jackets, which can save your life in the case of an emergency. For many years, life jackets have been associated with asylum seeker emergencies; videos and images have immortalized the countless desperate people scattered in the ocean, needing to be saved by patrol boats, by firstly throwing out the life jackets. Take this scenario for example; during the apex of the Balkan war which defines the Aegean area.: the blue of the ocean and the orange of the life jackets worn by the migrants is one of the clearest images thought of when you speak of the immigration emergency in Greece.

This is where the symbolism of “life jackets” was born, in the Spring of 2017 by reporters Luigi Avantaggiato and Benedetto Sanfilippo. The two journalists spoke of the disembarking of the migrants on the Greek coastlines of Lesbos and Chios. In particular, the reporters went into detail on both sides of the migration phenomenon occurring in Greece: the refugees, their conditions and how they were living, and of a Greek population crushed by the financial crisis. There are those that watch the activities of non-profit organisations, which in fact often profit off the trafficking of migrants.

3 PARTS
  • PART 1

    500 Euros to get to Europe

    We tried, but it didn't go well. The story of Samir, Lutfi and Omar is one of three economic migrants, of three young Algerians that through different routes have infiltrated themselves among refugees in order to get to Europe, among those...

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  • PART 2

    Greece, the conditions of the refugees

    Mytilene. On the island of Lesbo, the hotspot "Moria" located around ten kilometers north of Mytilene. The agreement for the control of refugees that was signed in March 2016 between Europe and Turkey transformed it into a center of detention under...

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  • PART 3

    “80% of NGO’s profit from immigrants”

    "Since two years ago, here in Chios, we slept with the door open. Nothing happened, because we know everyone. Today however almost everyone has alarm or insurance on their house: we are scared of what we can't see and what...

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