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Europamagazin: Refugee saviours in the Alps

Prize-winner 2019
European CIVIS Television Prize – magazines

Author:Lourdes Picareta
Editorial:Johannes Georg Müller
Report, SWR/ARD/Das Erste

Even in winter, people from African countries try to conquer Alpine passes. Refugees always find a way. No matter how many refugee routes are closed, no matter how great the barriers that European governments have imposed. There are people who live in the mountain villages who help them – and are therefore liable to prosecution. European law prohibits private individuals from helping refugees, even if their lives are in danger. Those who help say that we have a responsibility towards people. They are not traffickers.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
A perfectly normal village with extraordinary people – excellent report, very politically relevant.

flight    social cohesion   

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