“If politics becomes a competition about who can talk the toughest about refugees and minorities, the radical right will always win”
Men like Kostas and Thanasis have been rescuing refugees for a decade, but the number of people needing their help this year is completely unprecedented.
So far this year, over 1700 migrants have died in the process of crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. That number is likely to spike as traffic increases in the summer months.
They're protesting their precarious position in the country—they can't legally live or work in Greece, but they can't leave either.
VICE News travels to Lampedusa a year after the boat capsizing disaster that killed 360 migrants and brought the refugee crisis to the forefront of the European immigration discussion.
In January, European Union restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria were lifted, meaning citizens of those countries were free to travel and work throughout the EU. This inspired anger in wealthier countries—an anger directed most fiercely at the Roma.
In the last decade, thousands of young migrants have left Senegal on rickety fishing boats hoping to find work in Europe. Many have died at sea, leaving behind a new class of women: the “sea widows,” as a local newspaper called them.