Javier Alvarez

Photographer
   
Stranded in Morocco
Location: Brooklyn
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: hola@javieralvarezm.com   1-303-746-0504 Brooklyn, NY / Santiago, Chile. Javier Álvarez is a Chilean documentary photographer focused on social issues. After pursuing a BFA in Photography, Javier worked as a freelance editorial and... MORE
Public Story
Stranded in Morocco
Copyright Javier Alvarez 2024
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Jan 2020
Location Morocco
Topics Documentary, iPhone, NGO, Photography, Spotlight
Only between 2016-17, about 171,635(*) immigrants crossed the mediterranean sea to a European destination. There isn’t an exact number that can tell how many stranded teenagers (13 to 19 years old) where on refugee or illegal migrant status, even despite being minors or unaccompanied. These numbers evidence the lack of protection towards displaced children who are forced to grow their emotional and cognitive identity, distorted by the disproportion of opportunities between the African continent and the European Union domains.

Historically, the Maghreb served as a crossroads for trade, colony, and migration in-between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. But Morocco is the synonym of an exit point. Sub-Saharan immigrants make their route through the desert until they reach mayor cities like Casablanca, Rabat, or Marrakesh. Algerians, Tunisians, or even Moroccans, try their way out from the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta or Nador. People in transit, cities collapsed, and deadly routes.

Through interviews, photographs, and access to their archives, this reportage shows intimate aspects from their journey that, despite their young age, finds them in a constant state of risk and uncertainty for an opportunity to cross into European soil.
In collaboration with the NGOs Minority Globe and Open Arms, this reportage aims to raise the awareness of a young generation that is risking their lives and the enormous potential to contribute, in any society they want to integrate as long as they can have access to those opportunities.
(*) Source: IOM, 2018.


LinkedIn Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
7,740

Also by Javier Alvarez —

Story

Invisible Landscape

Javier Alvarez / SANTIAGO
Story

PAISAJE INVISIBLE: The fight for justice after the revolution.

Javier Alvarez / SANTIAGO
Story

NYC Decolonize This Place

Javier Alvarez / brooklyn ny
Story

NEWS

Javier Alvarez / new york
Story

NYC Streetriders

Javier Alvarez / new york
Story

Second NYC protest for George Floyd. May 29th, 2020. NY

Javier Alvarez / brooklyn ny
Story

PRÉDIO

Javier Alvarez / Brazil, Sao Palo
Story

COLFAX

Javier Alvarez / Colfax Avenue, Denver
Story

PORTRAITS

Javier Alvarez / brooklyn ny
Story

BRASIL Copa do Povo

Javier Alvarez / Sao Paulo
Story

SALUT MAMAN

Javier Alvarez / Morocco
Story

JORNAL DA SAUDADE

Javier Alvarez / Sao Paulo
Story

ALBUM FAMILIAR

Javier Alvarez / Valparaiso Chile
Story

ORANGE

Javier Alvarez / Istanbul
Stranded in Morocco by Javier Alvarez
Sign-up for
For more access