Author: Louise Hunt
Date of Publication: February, 2019
Title: No Way Back
Short summary: ‘No Way Back’ explores the realities of life in Italy for two asylum seekers from Gambia, both called Lamin, who risked their lives to reach Europe in the hope of getting an education and jobs. But since the Italian government changed its immigration laws in November 2018, they are at risk of joining the thousands of undocumented migrants who are forced onto the streets or seek shelter in squalid camps and squats, such as ‘The Ghetto’, a derelict factory in Rome. Meanwhile since January 2017, thousands of migrants rescued by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from dire conditions in Libya have been repatriated to Gambia. Some of these returnees have become activists and have formed projects to try to re-build their lives and overcome the stigma of being so-called ‘failed migrants’. In ‘No Way Back’, the two Lamins in Rome meet members of Returnees from the Backway via a Skype conversation, where they share their experiences in Italy and Gambia and reflect on what to do next.
The author, Louise Hunt won a Migration Media Award in 2017 with her publication Gambian Migrants Who Risk Death Find Life Less than Sweet in Italy.
With the financial support from the Award Louise Hunt followed up with the story Meet the Gambian migrants under pressure to leave Europe.
In 2018 with her publication Gambia’s Migration Paradox: The Horror and Promise of the Back Way she won her second Migration Media Award which helped support this latest story on the topic.