European Continent has been facing its biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. During 2015, more than one million refugees crossed Europe’s borders, due to several reasons including wars and conflicts, oppressive regimes, economic instability and human rights violations.
The so called “European refugee crisis”, since the beginning of 2016, has entered into a crucial phase as some 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 possible ways to solve the crisis. Warm welcomes as well as strong refusal towards projects aimed at settling refugees down in Europe are present in all the countries and voiced by different groups.
The “LIMBO 21” project included a series of portraits and images of everyday routines during the refugees’ travels or in the shelters and refugee camps across Europe. Something important is the state of uncertainty and long waiting time refugees need in order to survive and be granted asylum status or to be deported back to Turkey.
The title of this project appeared during numerous conversations with the refugees. All of them were willing to share their experience during the difficult travel; many of them survived long walks through the mountains or crossed the sea illegally in boats. Some claim having been robbed in Bulgaria, others lost contact with their relatives. But all these stories have one common conclusion – fear about the future and strong feelings of not knowing what it will bring. Most of the refugees I talked to had no idea about what their future in Europe would be like. The most common answer I received was “I don’t know”.