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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Among Riace Marina and Riace Superiore are welcomed more than 400 immigrants and asylum seekers, so the country is also known as the hospitality city.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Bairan, 49, posing in front of the restaurant that helped to restructure. He is the immigrant with the longest presence in the small Calabrian town. He landed in 1998 along with 200 other Kurds just in front of the coast of Riace Marina.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Roberto Lucano, 89, is the father of the mayor of Riace. Despite didn't voted for Domenico Lucano in the first elections, now he recognizes all the goodness of a policy of integration and support for refugees.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Aiwa, 42, from Togo, working as an ecological operator in Riace. He survived the Rosarno shootings in the 2013 where he injured his leg.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

The mayor Domenico Lucano, at his third political office as mayor, was added in 2016 by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most influential men of the world. He coined the phrased the expression "sweet hospitlity" to indicate the integration model of Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Special Bonus that immigrants can use while waiting for the Europeans funds.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Ali, 28, he's in Riace from a year. He fought in Afghanistan as a sergeant with the US Army. Now he is in Italy as an asylum seeker.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Venancio, 60, has lived for 20 years in Riace Superiore and works at the prison of Locri as a house painter. He do not agree very much with the mayor Domenico policies and sees with skepticism the mediatic rise of Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Lamin, 19, he came from Gambia to arrive in Libya and then in Sicily. From 3 months he and his friends will be moving in one of the houses made available by the administration of Domenico Lucano.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Domenico is one of the 70 Italian operators, he's working from one year and four months for Aquilone cooperative which takes care of the donkeys that are used for the recycling collection. To help him there are three African guys and a men from Kurdistan.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Raffaele, 64, is the historical memory of Riace. After having a bar in the town center, now he works as a farmer in the plots of land that have been redevelopment in the last few years through the terraces.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Roawda, ran away from the war in Somalia about 7 years ago. Arrived in Libya, after 2 days of sea crossing reached Lampedusa at first and then was transferred to Foggia for 6 months. She works full-time now in the glass laboratory of the association Città Futura.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Umme Kulsoom (on the left) in the association's pottery workshop Citt‡ Futura along with her assistantof Riace. Umme comes from Pakistan, she has 4 children and lives for 4 years in the city of hospitality.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Jalil is from Nigeria, he's 37 and lives happily in Riace from 1 year and 7 months.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

The carpentry workshop where he works. Fish, 24, from Eritrea. For almost a year in Riace, he has lived 9 months in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. It was rescued by the Coast Guard about a year ago, after three days of agony at sea trying to reach Sicily.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Antonio, 52, 40 years of work at the "Bar Gervasi" in the main square of Riace. Like many Riace inhabitants sees the arrival of immigrants in a positive way in his country.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Inside the embroidery workshop where Caterina, a volunteer of Citt‡ Futura (on the left) embroidered with Tahira, from Afghanistan and from two years in Riace with her two sons.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Sandro Lucano, 50, is the younger brother of the mayor. He along with other friends, helped to incorporate Domenico in the Civic List that elected him mayor. Sandro has three sons and is currently unemployed.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Mirella, 32, is a Romanian girl from 10 years lives in Riace. Before working in the bar of her husband in Riace, she was breeding cows in one of the Calabrian countryside. Now she has two wonderful sons aged 4 and 7 years: Cosimo and Maria Cosimina.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

The sewing workshop where Selma from Somalia work, Fthacuit from Eritrea and Zahra Afghanistan.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Mohammed, 38, comes from Iran. From 4 months it works with restructuring the homes of immigrants in Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

In Riace also live many under age children, for them there's an a football field and a playground that allow fun and active recreation, besides schools and many educational activities.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

An Eritrean boy carrying groceries on his bike through the streets of Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

A view of Riace Superiore. Inside its village there are more than 30 houses given to families and to individual immigrants of all nationalities. Many people are worried about the future of the country, wondering until when it'll be possible to maintain this level of integration and development that is good for both immigrants and citizens of the small town.

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Calais
By Steven Wassenaar
10 Feb 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hairdresser who works in the world of luxury and fashion, but in her spare time she visits migrant camps in France to offer them free hair cuts. We followed her in Calais and Dunkirk, and in Paris during a fashion show.

During fashion shows and shoots for luxury magazines, she works between Paris, London, New York or Milan, styling the hair of the supermodels for well known fashion houses. Now based in London, the young woman assists the stars of her profession, like the Japanese hair stylist Akki Shirakawa. She could have been content to continue her ascent in this world of luxury, glitter and glamor.

But last October the path of this hairdresser, who is a true nomad, crossed that of the thousands of migrants who settled in make shift camps in Dunkirk and Calais, some mere miles from the village where she grew up. "I have travelled in poor regions of Brazil, and I know that in the worst circumstances, the poor strive to preserve their appearance. It is a question of dignity, it helps preserve the morale. And I decided to help them with my means."

As soon as she gets the chance, Sabrina spends a few days to settle in the camps to cut the hair of migrants. Through her work the young woman has earned an astonishing popularity within a few months: numerous people come to greet her and are and queuing in front of her makeshift barbershops along muddy roads or in tents.

Nothing discourages them, nor the icy wind, nor the mud, nor the jokes in Kurdish, Arabic or Farsi, that comment the mimicry of customers, who try to make understandable by gestures their hair cut requirements. Even more amazing, Sabrina became met with migrant colleagues; she now calls to wield the clippers or scissors at her side.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque, 3000 Kurdish migrants camp out in the mud.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque where 3000 Kurdish migrants camp in the mud, Sabrina Lefebvre looks for hairdressers and barbers among the migrants whose help she can enlist.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Young men watch and wait their turn in the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque as Sabrina cuts their friend's hair. A hair stylist for the fashion world, in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in and around Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre styles a young woman's hair in a makeshift shelter in the Grand Synthe migrant camp in Dunkerque. She is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque, 3000 Kurdish migrants camp out in the mud.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Young men wait their turn as Sabrina Lefebvre and two of her apprentices from the camp cut hair in the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Young men wait their turn as Sabrina Lefebvre and two of her apprentices from the camp cut hair in the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre shares a meal with migrants during a break from cutting and styling. A hair stylist for the fashion world, in her free time Sabrina heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque, 3000 Kurdish migrants camp out in the mud.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre arrives at Calais Station from London. Sabrina is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina looks through the warehouse of the Auberge des Migrants for chairs she can use for her pop-up salon. Sabrina is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina gives a haircut to a young man in the Calais camp. She works for free and often late into the night, giving haircuts to anyone who needs a trim or some styling.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina gives a haircut to a young man in the Calais camp. She works for free and often late into the night, giving haircuts to anyone who needs a trim or some styling.