Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations

Anonymous in Lampedusa

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Middlesex University student Dan Hitchins-Samson reflects on his experience in Lampedusa with Dr Elena Vacchelli. Their visit to the island’s cemetery (the final resting place for hundreds of unidentified migrants) and the boat arrivals that followed, are the object of a moving video also produced by Dan.

Anonymous in Lampedusa

As Elena Vacchelli and I descended onto the tiny island of Lampedusa in an even tinier plane, I could tell I was about to experience a part of Italy like no other. With the nearest landmass being Tunisia, it certainly felt just as much North African as it did Italian. The windswept shrub-land, rocky landscape and placid town seemed worlds apart from the bustling Sicilian market we had been in hours before.

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