Rocco Rorandelli


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The topography of hospitality

Transient and permanent migrant and labour camps in Europe

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An ongoing project documenting the topography of migrant and labour camps in Europe, to reflect on the creation of ghettos for those who reach Europe and are exploited in several forms of informal jobs.

The topography of hospitality

I have been working on the topic of migrants and refugees for almost ten years, and developed a profound interest in understanding the spatial conformation of emergency and labour camps that have developed across Europe in the recent years. The topography of these places, either devoted to cope with emergency or as semi-permant structures, reflects the hypocrisies in dealing with the migratory phenomenon. The arrival of migrants is seen as a burden from governments and the public opinion, while at the same time their working force is essential in today’s market, seeking cheap labour with low rights. Camps are built as ghettos. with no attempt to favor social exchange and integration with the host country.