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The 3rd October marks the sixth anniversary of what is remembered as one of the most serious massacres of Mediterranean migrants: a boat carrying over 500 people sank when it was just a few hundred meters from the coast of Lampedusa. 368 people migrants (including children, women and men) lost their lives; 155 were saved.

The Snapshots project involves for the Capital Events 19 border Local Authorities and 37 associations and civil society organizations from all 28 European countries.

Lampedusa will represent “The Capital of Europe”, with a series of events in other 29 European capitals and cities to support the new petition which aims to request the EU institutions to Make the 3rd October the European Day of Memory and Welcome.

In each cities took place various types of initiatives (such as cultural events, documentaries, debates, exhibitions, flash-mobs, concerts, etc.) coordinated to make citizens aware of the different issues and aspects related to the phenomenon of migration.

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Snapshots From The Borders is a 3-year project co-funded by the European Union (EuropeAid DEAR budget line), run by 35 partners, border Local Authorities and Civil Society organisations.

Snapshots From The Borders aims to improve the critical understanding of European, national and local decision makers and of public opinion about global interdependencies determining migration flows towards European borders, in the perspective of reaching SDGs targets, especially SDG 1, 5, 10 11 and 16. Specifically, the project intends to strengthen a new horizontal, active network among cities directly facing migration flows at EU borders, as a way to promote more effective policy coherence at all levels (European, national, local).

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Borders Tales


Dario, beyond the borders of Mostar

“There are natural boundaries, like rivers, seas, mountains. Then there are the man-made ones: fortresses, walls, checkpoint Charlie in Berlin…


Malta, the boat of memory

Strolling along the sea, on the spurs of Malta, is a gift. All the Mediterranean that there is, between sea…


La Linière, a story to tell

There are places that everyone knows, not because they have really been there, but because historical events have made them…


Ermira, between the borders in Bolzano

“I believe that the high school period in Trieste had a decisive impact on my education, on the way I…



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News from the borders


The missed opportunity

Announced as a momentous event, the Pact on Immigration and Asylum has proved a disappointment. On 23 September last, after…


Along the Balkan Route

Interview with Silvia Maraone from IPSIA – Acli Institute for Peace, Development and Innovation Development Acli “The situation on the…


Protection beyond reach

State of play of refugee and migrant children’s rights in Europe “Five years ago, on 2 September 2015, Alan Kurdi,…


Syria deadliest place to be an aid worker

Ability to carry out humanitarian work in most dangerous conflict-hit regions threatened by local NGO staff being caught in crossfire…


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International Documentary Festival

The 10 documentaries of International Documentary Festival had chosen according to the topics and issue enlightened by the project, in the need to bring to light and report ‘Snapshots from/of the Borders’.


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