Sergei Stroitelev

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In Limbo
Location: Chisinau
Nationality: Russian
Biography: I am a freelance photographer and visual artist based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia working with National Geographic Russia, VICE UK/USA, De Volkskrant, Takie Dela, Meduza, Novaya Gazeta, others. My photographic practice primarily focuses on the... MORE
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In Limbo
Copyright Sergei Stroitelev 2022
Updated Mar 2022
In 2015 thousands of migrants from Asia and Africa headed to Europe. The port of Reggio Calabria - the most Southern Italian territories accepted 4000 people every month. In 2019 the migration crisis was not in the center of interest of media, but the problem was still there. 300-500 people were coming to the Italian coast weekly.

Refugees are desperately buying seats in huge rubber boats from mafia and sailing towards the coasts of the Southern Italy. On board are young men and minors who are looking for a new home in Europe. For them Italy is the life of a dream. Unfortunately the reality is not so pleasant. Upon arrival to Reggio they will have to spend around a week at the port. From there they will be transported to the temporary detention camps which are rather different places - it can be a former gym, a hotel, an abandoned school or even a prison where refugees will have to spend several years. Regardless of the conditions, the life of men turns into a slow expectation of the results of consideration of their residency permit applications. Nobody can guarantee any chances. In accordance of the statistics gathered by local branch of Doctors of the World NGO its 50-50. The life in limbo on the land of the dream begins.

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