“Day Will Come”. This is a phrase written on a shirt of a young migrant, who just arrived to the Hotspot of Lampedusa. Three simple words accompanied by a drawing of the sun, enough to express the hope, which makes acceptable the risk of an endless journey, full of danger and often life threatening to the refugee.

Since 2000, according to a 2014 study published by the IOM (International Organization for Migration), it is estimated that at least 22,000 migrants have died trying to reach Europe, mainly in dangerous routes through the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, just in 2016 the migrants who have lost their lives at sea are over 5,000. Since the beginning of 2016, IOM estimates that around 180,000 people have reached Italian shores. Most of them are sub-Saharan African citizens, who after a long journey through the desert have embarked on a voyage off the shores of the Libyan coast.
Considering all the obstacles related to the forced cohabitation with many people, with long waiting times for the paperwork, and with the uncertainty for the future, the center becomes the only shelter available to these people.

Photos made in the reception centers of Crotone and Lampedusa (Italy 2016)

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