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Two young African immigrant girls in Italy.
Nowhere Near, Portrait Stories nominee: More than one million immigrants from Africa officially … [+] PHOTO: ALISA MARTYNOVA, RUSSIA – WORLD PRESS PHOTO

The photographer compares the more than one million immigrants from Africa officially residing in Italy to scattered stars, a constellation of young people from different countries, of different genders and with different traits.

They have all come to Italy for different personal reasons. A 2016 study by the International Organization of Migrants pointed to insecurity, conflict and discrimination as the main drivers of migration, not solely economic and work reasons.

Discrimination on the basis of social group, religion, or sexual orientation was mentioned by almost half of the study group. In October, 2020, the Italian government adopted a decree overturning many of the anti-immigration policies introduced by the previous interior minister ,Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing Lega Nord (Northern League).

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