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The Waiting Rooms of Europe

Malika Gaudin Delrieu | Greece, Malta, Spain

The Dubln Legislation stipulates that every migrant entering Europe has to apply for asylum in the first country he finds himself in.

This photographic essay documents the immigration crisis along the southern border of the European Union. Conducted in Malta, Spain and Greece over a two year period, it concentrates on the problem of the wait endured by the migrants in these countries, which are simply for them transitory zones.

According to the Dublin Legislation, passed by the European Parliament in 2004, every refugee has to apply for asylum in the first European country they find themselves in, and stay there until a decision on their case is reached. However those countries which are the first to welcome them are unable to make quick decision on each case, considering the amount of applicants they get and the little international help. They are therefore turned into huge waiting zones, political and administrative limbos. The anguish, frustration and anger of the migrants caught in those transitory places are the main focus of this documentary. The pictures aim to convey how those people are suspended in time, and show their frame of mind through the use of evocative images, rather than a purely descriptive aesthetic.

 website: www.malikagaudindelrieu.com

email: malika@malikagaudindelrieu.com

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