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Exclusive: Tales of Beauty from Sicily’s Nigerian refugees

The number of refugee and migrant arrivals in the EU surpassed one million in 2015 – discounting the thousands that died en route. In recent months, Italy, Greece and Turkey have come under scrutiny as the main points of entry for people from Africa and the Middle East. The situation is perhaps most felt in the Mediterranean’s coastal towns, where over 300,000 have made the perilous crossing to Europe by sea in the last year, according to the UNHCR. “The topic is high on the agenda now,” says Sicily-born, London-based photographer Salvatore Di Gregorio. “But this has been in the news for twenty years in Sicily. To the people, it has always felt like, ‘this is your problem, you deal with that.” His home is very much on the frontline: half of Italy’s migrants currently reside in the island’s temporary centres, increasingly met with hostility from locals amid growing economic and political insecurity. Di Gregorio’s latest series of portraits, Project Mirabella: Tales of Beauty, is a reaction to this climate. “When you have a crisis like …

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BJP Staff