Point.51 Magazine issue 1 (the Journey issue) is out now. We travel from Serbia to the French-Italian border, to the North of England and the often-maligned French city of Calais to explore the journey undertaken by asylum seekers searching for sanctuary, as well as that of the ordinary citizens living in the towns and communities caught up in the largest mass movement of people to and across Europe since World War II.
Point.51 magazine is a independent print publication exploring essential contemporary issues in Europe — one at a time. Stories broken quickly are often stories half told. We take a different approach. In each edition of Point.51 magazine we explore a single theme, working slowly and in depth to try and understand the complex realities beyond the headlines. We’re interested in human experiences and individual perspectives from the ground up, staying with the issues we cover for sustained periods of time. We want to be challenged and inspired by the stories we work on. We choose them because we think they matter, working with people from around the world who share our commitment to a different kind of journalism in order to produce a thorough, honest, and meaningful print magazine that is more than a sum of its parts.
In this issue
Crossing the Valley
After border checks were temporarily reintroduced in the wake of the Paris Attacks, we see how the residents of La Roya responded when thousands of asylum seekers suddenly arrived in their otherwise quiet valley.
The Cuban Connection
We learn why some Cuban asylum seekers are being drawn to Serbia, as entry to the United States has become increasingly difficult.Calais Belle Ma Ville
Calais has become synonymous with some of the most controversial aspects of the “refugee crisis” and is known to most only as the former site of the “Jungle”. Now efforts to rebuild a troubled tourism industry are underway – but not everyone agrees on the direction.
Having travelled across Europe to reach the UK, asylum seekers then face a second journey as they adjust to British society. It is a journey that can often be as physically and mentally challenging as the first.
Irish photographer Jonathan Ho photographed those who call Ireland home, while having a dual or shared sense of national and cultural identity.
After the Snow
Istanbul has been through a lot in recent years. But in January 2017, as more than a foot of snow began to fall, everything came to a stop.
136 pages, 242 x 167 mm