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, Germany, and now in Belgium. In this episode, we speak to Mahamed (Gambia), from his home in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Migrant labor exploitation is in the news in Italy, but Mahamed has a much different experience in Belgium where he is fairly paid. "One day here is two days in Italy" he said about his work at the Carrefour supermarket. The economy in Belgium is better than Italy's of course, but so is the organization of how migrants are received, tracked and integrated into society. Hear our telephone reunion as life starts to get back to normal for him after Covid-19 hit.

Show Notes

Read Mahamed's original journey story on the site, recorded in November 2018 (e in italiano).

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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.