Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea

The last Movie Screening for this year was titled: “Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea”. The documentary shed light on the challenges and dangers faced by refugees in their perilous journey to reach Europe. Following the screening, a discussion ensued among the participants, providing as always a place where Blueprint members can engage and discuss, this time on the diverse perspectives on the global refugee crisis and its implications for Albania.

The documentary portrayed the harrowing experiences of refugees navigating treacherous waters to reach Europe. It highlighted the inherent dangers of their journey and the heroic efforts of rescue teams. The gripping narrative prompted a range of emotional responses from the audience, setting the stage for a nuanced discussion on the broader issues at hand.

The discussion was initiated by the moderator, who prompted participants to share their impressions of the documentary. It was described as dramatic, requiring time to process, emphasizing its widespread impact. Members also highlited that the documentary’s resonance, specifically praising the skills of the rescuers. However, the underlying tragedy of the film, depicting a “best-case scenario,” left a lasting impression on most, who were moved by the stark reality that not everyone could be saved.

One members expressed regret about the societal disconnection from such realities, emphasizing the documentary’s reflection of a stark truth. Than the converations was steered towards parallels between the depicted case and the exodus of Albanians in the 90s, prompting some to discuss the reasons for Albanian emigration and drawing comparisons with current global dynamics, notably citing the ongoing raft migrations to England.

Differences between Albanian emigration and the influx of immigrants to Europe were also explored. It was pointed out that Albania, unlike some other nations, lacked a consolidated state and faced external influences, echoing the sentiment that major powers played a role in destabilizing certain countries.

The discussion delved into the perception of racism in Albania and its treatment of incoming refugees, with participants noting that Albania’s reception had been relatively better compared to historical experiences in other European countries, such as the tragedy in the channel of Otranto.

The conversation expanded to the responsibility of citizens in resisting oppressive governments, with insights into the complexities of such situations. Members highlighted the common desire to leave one’s country and the paradox of both wanting to emigrate and receiving immigrants.

Participants were then prompted to reflect on the situation of immigrants coming to Albania. One on the participants advocated for a strategy similar to Italy’s agreement to receive refugees, while others emphasized the political motivations behind refugees seeking asylum. The capacity of Albania to accommodate immigrants sparked varied opinions, with factors like political asylum and the influence of great powers playing a central role in the discourse.

The discussion on the documentary “Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea” provided a platform for participants to reflect on global migration trends, draw parallels with historical events, and discuss Albania’s role in the face of the refugee crisis. The nuanced conversation highlighted the complexities of the issue, calling for collective responsibility, empathy, and a deeper understanding of the multifaceted challenges associated with migration and asylum.