Exodus: Our journey continues
The multi-award winning EXODUS: Our journey to Europe told the stories of the one million migrants and refugees who came to Europe in 2015. Eighteen months later, EXODUS asks what happened to all those people, and how is Europe responding to the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. The Europe that welcomed them two years ago is a fast changing landscape, borders have been closed, the voice of nationalism and the right wing resonates across the member states and thousands of refugees are trapped in camps.
In this second series, we revisit some of those who arrived in 2015 and find out how they have been welcomed by the countries they now call home. We also follow the stories of those who are still making the increasingly difficult and dangerous journeys in search of a better life.
Inside Europe, the way out of the camps and across the closed borders is with smugglers who offer little more than a risky journey and an uncertain future. Shot over three years and in 31 countries, the multi-award winning Exodus series continues to document the journeys of migrants and refugees attempting to start a new life in Europe.
Episode 3 of 3 – Thursday 16th November 2017
This last episode of the series follows the fate of Nazifa and her family as she makes a final attempt to reach Germany. It also re-introduces us to Sadiq from the first series. It took him just 45 days to travel from Afghanistan to his dream destination of Finland but in the 11 months since he arrived, the welcome he experienced has not sustained. In Finland, as across the whole of Europe, the rhetoric of the right is increasingly influential, and if Sadiq’s asylum claim fails, he could face forced deportation. Meanwhile, in the USA, President Trump’s executive orders have far-reaching consequences for those on the verge of emigrating to join family members already in the USA. We meet Saed and his family in Iraq, who are Yezidis, and one of Daesh’s main targets. They are living in a refugee camp waiting for their papers to be processed, with an equally uncertain future.
Episode 2 of 3 – Thursday 9th November 2017
In a camp in Greece, Nazifa and Latif are trying to get enough money to pay a smuggler to take their family to Germany, but they can only afford to send one of them. Nazifa is six months pregnant, so they hope that their chances of being given asylum will be greater if she goes and the baby is born in Germany. But it means leaving her two small children and husband behind.
Meanwhile, already in Germany, Isra’a and her family are settling in to their new lives, having fled from Syria in 2015. But the Europe that welcomed them has changed. The politics of the far right is gaining momentum, so it is more difficult than ever for migrants and refugees to cross international borders.
In Morocco, Mussa has already travelled 4000 miles from Guinea. Now there is only one more obstacle to overcome, a six metre high fence that separates Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Episode 1 of 3 – Thursday, 2nd November 2017
In this first episode we meet Dame, who arrived in the UK over 17 months ago. “I am a ghost in a prison” is how he describes his experience of life as a refugee in London.
Ali and are Sharin are newly weds from Afghanistan. They have spent the last month camping on the streets of Thessaloniki, waiting for smugglers to get them across the heavily guarded borders into Macedonia and Serbia. This is not the honeymoon they dreamed of.
Nazifa and Latif and their two young children are living in a container in a refugee camp near Athens. Nazifa is six months pregnant. Nazifa tells us, “We are in a cage here.” They are determined to make it to Germany and provide a better future for their children but face the most difficult decisions of their lives.
It has taken Azizula nearly a year to reach Serbia. He is living in freezing conditions in an abandoned railway carriage in Belgrade. He is alone and is almost paralysed by what lies ahead. Returning to Afghanistan is not an option.
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