Over 100.000 lifevests and rubberboats lie in a almost 10 meter high pile on the island of Lesbos, Greece on the 31th October 2015. In 2015 Greece received well over 800.000 refugees and migrants. All primarily arriving with boat over the Aegean ocean from Turkey. The local island struggled to cope with the influx on its shores.
The borderfence in Ceuta, Spain early morning 7. September 2016. The fence is a 6 meter high parallel fence towards Morocco keeping sub-Saharan migrants and refugees out. The fence has barbed wire, watchposts, sound sensors, motion sensors, lights, cameras, patrolling guards on foot, in cars, in the hills, at sea in boats. It was first built in 1993, raised height in 1995 and again in 2005 to what it is today. Its is the ground zero of European Border control.
Refugees and migrants rest at the private funded camp OXY outside the town Molyvos on Lesbos, Greece on the 1. November 2015. The island have received hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in 2015, but have received little official help, nor established a reception center on the north coast where most arrive. This private funded camp make sure the migrants doesn't have to walk the almost 60 km to the receptioncenter outside Mytilini city.
A 4 kilometer bus convoy waits outside of the receptioncenter in Presevo, Serbia on the 8th December 2015. The busses come from all the borders of Serbia and are privately owned and run, they companies often charge overprice for the tickets. Now they wait for the refugees to return to take them further north.
Kånna, Sweden. The local school was arson attacked on 15th October 2015 the day before it was supposed to be housing 80 asylum seekers. The police is currently investigating the attack. On the walls graffiti with hateful rhetoric towards immigrants are written. Sweden have been struck by countless arson attacks since receiving almost 200.000 refugees and migrants in 2015.
15. September 2016. The now empty asylumseekers tent-center in Haderslev, Denmark. The camp was opened in January 2016 to accomodate the rising number of asylumseekers reaching Denmark. Since the opening this camp have been highly critisized for being unnecessary as the regular Danish asylumcenter has free space. 3. September 2016 the camp was closed down and the almost 200 male inhabitants were moved to other center arounds the country.
Two migrants walks in the bufferzone at the Calais camp known as The Jungle on the 19th April 2016. A newly made area the clearly marks The Jungle and the freeway - this zone referred by police as the bufferzone makes it easier to spot migrants trying to get near the fence where trucks go to the UK.
Europe's New Borders
Fences, barbed wire, and armed militant border guards have suddenly become the new standard in Europe, and as I, in the early summer of 2015, was watching all the physical manifestations and transformation of something I thought belonged to the past, I decided to photograph these “new” European borders and what consequences they have and will have for Europe and the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who these days come to our borders. All this was done using a technology developed by the military: the drone.
My project, Europe’s New Borders, offers a sense of scale on the dehumanized border crisis unfolding in Europe throughout the last two years.
It covers most of the borders of the European Union, the transformation of these, and the consequences, big and small, concrete and abstract, for the refugees and migrants.