Open Encounters

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Lockdowns start to lift and we continue to make calls to our friends in the migrant community in Italy, and in Germany. In this episode, we speak to Richard (Nigeria), once again from his home in Livorno, Italy. With migrant labor in the news, we talk about his experience working as an independent street vendor. Richard faces the hard reality of impending homelessness if he can't come up with his rent money, and with social distancing still in place, people are apt to approach him less than they already do outside the market where he works.

Show Notes

Hear Richard's earlier episode in the "calls from lockdown" series, plus his original episode recorded in 2019.

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What is Open Encounters?

Hear the voices of the people who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea. After crossing continents, countries, the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean on inflatable boats, now they are on the next journey, of settling their lives in Italy, and beyond.

From humanitarian storytelling publication Migrants of the Mediterranean, this podcast brings light to the migrant flow in Italy and the EU in human terms. Migration continues to dominate the headlines in Europe, the US and around the world, but still so often only in political terms. Here, we change that.

Get to know the individuals themselves in one-on-one conversations with host and founder of Migrants of the Mediterranean, Pamela Kerpius.

Learn more about Migrants of the Mediterranean and read every journey story at the site.