Reformations of the EU Asylum Policy & Navigating the Millennial Refugee Movement (2016)

Rome Italy

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Ayoub

He left Pakistan in order to follow his dreams as a computer scientist and engineer. For many years he lived at the refugee camp outside of Rome. After two years, many leave the camp due to lack of opportunity it provided. Him and other fellow refugees live-in as roommates in apartments scattered around Rome. Oftentimes, Ayoub will take in a fellow traveler, especially if they are a Pakistani refugee like himself, in solidarity. About a week after meeting him in at this cafe in Termini station, he left by bus for Dusseldorf.

Termini Station, Rome, Italy (2016)

Waidad (2016)   A man of exception character, Waidad first came to Europe during the height of the Iraq War. In his home country of Iraq, he was an engineer and a father of two children. Linguistically, he speaks 12 languages(!)  He was able to make it into the EU by boat from Turkey to Lesvos, Greece by paying a fisherman to take him and a number of refugees from the Arab world. After being unable to find work in Patras, Greece, he came to Rome. He has unfortunately suffered the same fate as in Greece - no employment, even less kindness.  According to EU Law, if migration authorities are not present at the time of arrival into the EU, it is exceptionally difficult to obtain asylum status. For that reason, Waidad was unable to receive the amenities and protections that other refugees were granted. In many ways, Waidad is the legal equivalent of a homeless illegal alien. He hopes that in due time, legislation will change and more relief will be given to those struggling to find a new life like himself.   Termini Station, Rome, Italy    Kodak Portra 35mm color film

Waidad (2016)

A man of exception character, Waidad first came to Europe during the height of the Iraq War. In his home country of Iraq, he was an engineer and a father of two children. Linguistically, he speaks 12 languages(!)

He was able to make it into the EU by boat from Turkey to Lesvos, Greece by paying a fisherman to take him and a number of refugees from the Arab world. After being unable to find work in Patras, Greece, he came to Rome. He has unfortunately suffered the same fate as in Greece - no employment, even less kindness.

According to EU Law, if migration authorities are not present at the time of arrival into the EU, it is exceptionally difficult to obtain asylum status. For that reason, Waidad was unable to receive the amenities and protections that other refugees were granted. In many ways, Waidad is the legal equivalent of a homeless illegal alien. He hopes that in due time, legislation will change and more relief will be given to those struggling to find a new life like himself.

Termini Station, Rome, Italy

Kodak Portra 35mm color film

Lamin (2016)   We spoke of his brief yet tumultuous time in Rome as a refugee from the Gambia. Life in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Rome has been a great challenge for him.  Since he first landed on the shores of Calabria in southern Italy, he has been unable to find stable employment in Rome due to prejudice he receives from his citizenship status. Therefore, he relies on the minimal financial assistance that SIPQR gives him, which amounts to 40 Euros per month. Lamin misses the Gambia and awaits the day that he can return. For now, he prays that his life in Europe will improve.   Termini Station, Rome, Italy    Kodak Portra 35mm color film

Lamin (2016)

We spoke of his brief yet tumultuous time in Rome as a refugee from the Gambia. Life in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Rome has been a great challenge for him.

Since he first landed on the shores of Calabria in southern Italy, he has been unable to find stable employment in Rome due to prejudice he receives from his citizenship status. Therefore, he relies on the minimal financial assistance that SIPQR gives him, which amounts to 40 Euros per month. Lamin misses the Gambia and awaits the day that he can return. For now, he prays that his life in Europe will improve.

Termini Station, Rome, Italy

Kodak Portra 35mm color film

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Notes on the Social and Political Implications of Refugee Status (2016)

Notes on the Social and Political Implications of Refugee Status (2016)

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Pre-Supper  (2016)    Pakistani refugees preparing a summer afternoon meal. Meals are traditionally shared while sitting on the floor.   Battistini, Rome, Italy   Kodak Portra 35mm color film scan

Pre-Supper (2016)

Pakistani refugees preparing a summer afternoon meal. Meals are traditionally shared while sitting on the floor.

Battistini, Rome, Italy

Kodak Portra 35mm color film scan

Our Bedroom After the War (2016)

This bedroom and it’s amenities were passed down by other refugees that emigrated to Rome. Taped on the wall is the their daughter’s drawings.

Battistini, Rome, Italy

Kodak Portra 35mm color film scan

Copy of (2016)