19 June 2015

ECRE and the Italian Cultural Institute are pleased to invite you to the Opening Reception of the Photo Exhibition Siriani in transito – Syrians in Transit, on Wednesday 24 June at 17:30 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, located in Rue de Livourne 38.  

While refugees cross the Central and Eastern Mediterranean at a steady pace, and EU Member States continue to debate over asylum policies that do not always take into account their perspectives, the photo exhibition, Syrians in Transit, re-focuses the current debate towards the human experience of Syrians who had fled their war-torn country. Their faces, words, struggles and hopes are at the core of the photo exhibition, which opens a window into their journey across the Mediterranean, their expectations for the future, the reasons underpinning their choice of settling in specific European countries, as well as the pitfalls of the current European asylum system.

The project’s photographic team, Marta Mantegazza, Anna Pasotti, Alessandra Pezza and Anna Ruggeri met and interviewed Syrian refugees in Italy (Milan and Catania) and Sweden (Malmö – Jönköping).

Contributing speakers at the Opening Reception on 24 June will include, Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, MEP Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) and LIBE Committee co-rapporteur on the situation in the Mediterranean, Jean Lambert, MEP Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and Michael Diedring, ECRE Secretary General. Subsequently, Marta Mantegazza, Anna Pasotti, and Alessandra Pezza will present the photographic project.

This photo exhibition, that will run from 24-30 June, is presented in Brussels thanks to the generous support of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and the Italian Cultural Institute.   

Please confirm your attendance via this registration page, and contact Letizia Polizzi at mlpolizzi@ecre.org for any enquiries.


This article originally appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 19 June 2015. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.