Bricio Segovia is in Beslan, North Ossetia, where he visits the "City of Angels" - a cemetery made for the victims of the terrorist hostage crisis that shook the town 10 years ago. In the meantime, Harry Fear travels to France to film a story about the controversial situation regarding illegal immigration.
In London, Marina Kosareva works on a story on the relevance of the British citizenship test as she learns that British people themselves often struggle to pass it. Meanwhile in Beslan, North Ossetia, Bricio Segovia returns to the tragic school where a hostage crisis happened 10 years ago, to film the memorial service.
Recently, the German city of Cologne made the news for a string of attacks against women that many blamed on migrants. The deepening refugee crisis is polarising German society. Still, no social tensions can stop the sweet celebration of Cologne’s famous Carnival, even if this year’s also came with a bitter pill.
Around 2 million refugees have entered Europe since 2015. One of the countries was the Netherlands. Boasting a liberal culture, Dutch society presented the newcomers with an environment strikingly different from what they were used to. However, despite the challenges, Holland seems to be making the integration work. We travel there to find out how the refugees are adapting to their new realities and who is helping them.
The film exposes the plight of Syrian refugee families who cross the border into Lebanon to flee civil war in their country. Now their children have to abandon the dream of a good education and say goodbye to their carefree childhood as circumstances force them to become the breadwinners.
Kosovo, with NATO’s help, won independence from Serbia in 1999. In 2014 Serbia opened its borders with the young republic allowing tens of thousands of migrants to leave Kosovo for Europe. Their massed departure has come to be known as “the Exodus”.
The ancient Greek island of Lesbos is where hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Africa and the Middle East first reach Europe. “Clowns without Borders” is an organisation that sends volunteers to entertain children in the refugee camps and offer a little comic relief.
If you want to stay, you have to pay. Non-EU spouses of British citizens have no automatic right to live in the UK. The British spouse must earn £18,600 a year for their other half to receive a working visa. Less than half of Britain’s population earns this much. It means thousands of loving families are forced apart every year.
As the turmoil of revolutions brought economic instability to many African countries, its citizens began to look across the sea, to Europe, for a chance to improve their lives. The Italian island of Lampedusa is often seen as “a door” to the Western paradise. Getting there though can be sheer hell.
You awake in a country where you know no one, where crime lurks behind every corner, and where you barely speak the language. Is it a nightmare? For those deported back to Mexico after decades living in the US, this horrific situation is very much a reality. Meanwhile, on the other side of the border, Americans are engaged in a fierce debate over whether Trump’s ‘Wall’ is a symbol of security and sovereignty, or racism and oppression.