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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


The bridge of culture. The OKC Abrašević Centre in Mostar

There are lines that have a story to tell. There are places that don’t want to stop talking. One of…


Lesvos: The thousand voices

Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine that you are surrounded by book volumes. In silence, you can imagine the…


Tenerife, Canary Islands: Inaki’s photo album

“Tenerife has always been a transit zone, a bridge between three continents: Europe, for historical and political reasons; Africa, for…


Traiskirchen: the old man

There are places that have a story to tell. Landscapes that, because of their location or destiny, are always at…



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News from the borders


Punishing compassion

Solidarity on trial in Fortresse Europe In a new report presented in Bern, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Amnesty International has…


Refugees: no direction home

Unhcr and Iom urgently call on states to suspend repatriations “As countries drastically reduce entry into their territories owing to…


Italy, a migrant economy

A report analyzes the contribution of immigrants to the Italian economy “There are over 600,000 companies run by workers immigrants…


Migrants between Greece and Turkey

Policy and the impact on people’s lives After the Turkish government’s decision to no longer respect the agreements with the…


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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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