The European refugee crisis, since the beginning of 2016 has entered the entered a crucial phase as some of the EU member states decided to close borders in order to avoid a second wave of illegal migration. European citizens are divided in their attitudes towards the migration and the possible way to solve the crisis. Warm welcomes as well as strong refusal for the projects of settling refugees down in Europe are present in all the countries and voiced by different groups.
Since September 2015, I have been developing a long term project covering the crisis. First series of pictures was publish by New Eastern Europe in September 2015 and covered the refugee crisis in Budapest, Hungary.
The “LIMBO 21” project include a series of portraits and images of an everyday routine during the travel or in the shelters or refugee camps in Europe. Important is a state of uncertainty and a long time of waiting that one need to survive in order to be granted the asylum status or to be deported back to Turkey.
Pictures made so far are a result of several visits to Hungary, refugee shelters in Vienna, Austria refugee camps in Greece and strategic smuggling points in Serbia and Bulgaria.
The title of this project, appeared during numerous conversations with the refugees. All of them were willing to share the experience of the difficult travel, many of them survived a long walk through the mountains or crossed the sea in an illegal boats. Some claim being robbed in Bulgaria, others lost contact with their relatives. But all this stories have one common conclusion – fear about the future and strong feeling of not knowing what the future will bring. Most of the refugees I have talked to had no idea about their future in Europe. The most common answer was “I don’t know”.
The pictures available are just a small selection of the project. For more information, do not hesitate to contact me.