Tag Archives: Italy

The European Union’s migration crisis: An Italian view

The city of Bologna bears a glowing beauty in July. Temperatures rise beyond 30°C in the late morning and refuse to drop until past midnight. All buildings shine in shades of yellow, orange and ochre. Walking along Via Saragozza, I come past young Black men standing under the arches of the Portico that shades the […]

Strong partnership with North Africa lacking but necessary in Europe’s refugee response

By Luca Orfanò When on 3 October 2013, a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa, the entire world witnessed the ineptitude of the world’s richest continent in front of a group of terrorized and desperate refugees. That night, more than 350 women, children and men lost their […]

Journeying into the Hidden World of Migrants with Filmmaker Dagmawi Yimer

I didn’t want to make a scoop; I wanted to show the emotions, the fears, the attempts at getting free from the past of those who, from one day to the next, find themselves victims only because of the colour of their skin. The film allows the migrant to shed his anonymity and the public […]

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There is a man standing by our table. I sit fidgeting with my newly bought pearl necklace on the terrace of a high-end restaurant in Parma. The waiter is fast and funny like in old French comedies and, apart from us, only a loud and suntanned family enjoy their lunch. The man standing by our […]

Reaching Terraferma: Boat Migration to Southern Italy

Terraferma literally means “firm ground” and can be used to mean “dry land” or “mainland” in Italian.  Last week more than 230 migrants from Eritrea and Somalia died when their boat sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The tragic incident provoked an out-pouring of blogs, articles and tweets across the world […]

“Non ci sono italiani neri!” The struggle to be black in the Bel Paese

The last few months have seen both Italian and international press roaring with reports of racism in the, apparently not so, Bel Paese[i]. Much of the reported abuse has focused on two of Italy’s most high-profile black Italians: Cecile Kyenge and Mario Balotelli. Both Kyenge and Balotelli are Italian citizens, both are black and both […]