2009 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize

Mashid Mohadjerin

Reporters / Redux Pictures

30 July, 2008

Coastguards spot a boat carrying migrants on their way to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Just off the coast of Tunisia, Lampedusa forms part of a much-used route for illegal immigration from Africa into Europe. Authorities on the island struggled to cope with an increase of 75% in migrant arrivals in 2008. Detention centers were filled beyond capacity, forcing hundreds to sleep outdoors.

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Mashid Mohadjerin

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