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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


Italian economy: migrants’ contribution

At least 500 million euros of income from the work of immigrants to the country’s wealth They produce wealth and…


Italy, Europe: the rule of law on migration

Interview with lawyer Dario Belluccio of ASGI “In Italy, over the last twenty years, we have witnessed continuous reforms that…


How Many of Our Beloved Ones We Lost to Irregular Migration?

Insights from Africa on contemporary migration flows to Europe For Lampedusa, the small Italian island city at the Mediterranean Sea…


Internal displacements reach 15m in 2020 with worst ‘still to come’ – Report

Extreme weather, locust invasions and violence have forced people to flee their homes Millions of people were uprooted from their…


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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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