About Migrants of the Mediterranean


Migrants of the Mediterranean (MotM) was conceived as an awareness-building platform to put a face to the politicized migrant crisis in Europe and render it instead a humanitarian emergency, thereby also restoring dignity to the migrants who in the course of their dehumanizing passages––across continents, countries, desert and sea––have had it stripped away.

MotM greets migrants personally on the ground on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, then shares their journey stories, covering the means and routes taken, travel duration, and the gruesome accounts of inhumane treatment he or she encounters before landing in Lampedusa. Other migration stories are shared from those met beyond the island, whose original landing took place elsewhere in Sicily.

MotM maintains regular contact with numerous profiled migrants, following their movement post-transfer from the Lampedusa reception center to their state housing in mainland Italy. 

From this, in the second stage of documentation, MotM covers issues ranging from migrants’ quality of life, degree of integration, racism, to asylum case procedures and outcomes. Findings are published in each migrant’s one-year anniversary story, and in regularly published personal essays that explore extended political and cultural observations taken during the course of fieldwork in Italy.

The ultimate mission that has emerged from this fieldwork is to help institute and hold accountable a globalized society that sees the traumas migrants and refugees have suffered as a reality it shares as its own.

Globalization as we currently call it unifies us by commerce, accessible travel, and electronic communication, still not accounting for cultural integration and shared humanity. As long as one’s human dignity is disregarded for reasons of race, nationality or other marginalizing factors; and as long as externalized borders in response to those factors are held in place by political force, this deficiency in globalization remains.

Stage three, therefore, while still in development, is projected to leverage MotM fieldwork information and conclusions to inform scholars and the media, and to influence public policy across Italy, the EU, and beyond, for an inclusive society that we can truly call globalized.