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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


Adeline’s teaching

“It all started almost by chance. I was there, there were all those people in trouble, I wanted to help….


Ahmad and the Sea of Constanta

The border territories are a sort of revolving door, where people come in and out, dream historical periods and epochal…


Ancona, the port of history

In the harbors you come and go. The ports are border territories par excellence. They have been borders since before…


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…



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News from the borders


Mixed migration and cities

The 2020 report of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) focuses on urban frontlines In the 2020 edition of its annual…


Gran Canaria, the critical route

Arrivals increased by 600 % in the last year More than 14,000 people have arrived in the Canary Islands since…


The “Mediterranean Institutions Award” to the island of Lampedusa

The juries of the “Mediterranean Award” met on October 3rd, a date of high symbolic value commemorating the 368 migrants…


A call from the sea

Interview with Marta Bellingreri from Alarm Phone: six years on the side of humanity “The first phone call I received…


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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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