MIGRANTS

  • Rina, a nurse from Bengladesh in Nalut hospital, Libya. © Gaia Anderson

  • Wassim Sabbagh left Brooklyn, NY, to reunite with his family in Homs, Syria. He found himself stranded at a refugee camp on the Turkish/Syrian border instead. © Ayman Oghanna

  • Mouadin, a Somali, fled Libya and found refugee in Tunisia. His pregnant wife sneaked back into Libya a few weeks later and died at sea on a Europe-bound boat. © Gaia Anderson

  • Nizar and other Palestinian refugees set camp in front of the UNHCR in Athens, demanding their asylum cases to be heard. © Marine Olivesi

  • Ahmed Diakité, one of the Ivorians at Choucha camp, Tunisia. © Gaia Anderson

  • Lorna Improgo used to wire half of her monthly salary to her family in Philippines. She and the rest of the medical staff haven't been paid since the Libyan Revolution started. © Gaia Anderson

  • Noora lives at a refugee camp along the Tunisian/Libyan border with her 15 month-old twins. © Gaia Anderson

  • Abdulwahab Tahhan, a Syrian from Aleppo, left his English teaching job in the UAE to volunteer at a makeshift school for Syrian refugees in Hatay, Turkey © Gaia Anderson

  • Usha Barai, a senior nurse from Bangladesh at Nalut Hospital, in Libya's Western Mountains. © Gaia Anderson

  • One of the 150 Ivorians stranded at Choucha camps, Tunisia. © Gaia Anderson

  • Cecilia Castillo, a lab technician from Philippines, has worked in Libya since 1991. © Gaia Anderson

  • Haruna Traoré, from Mali, worked in Libya for over a decade. Now unemployed in Mali, he's going back to school to study English. © Marine Olivesi

  • A Libyan family returning home. (Dehiba border crossing) © Gaia Anderson

  • Alhader Ag Azar, a Tuareg farmer, at a refugee camp in Burkina Faso. Fleeing the violence in North Mali, he had already spent 3 years here in the 90′s, “under the same tree.” © Marine Olivesi

  • Nooral Hadi, a Pashtun anesthetist from Pakistan, has worked at Nalut Hostpital for the past 9 years. His wife, son and baby girl find shelter in the hospital's basement at night. © Gaia Anderson

  • Isaac Frimpong, 33, was one of the first Ghanaian migrants to trickle back to Libya after the regime change. He was arrested a few weeks later and deported in March. © Marine Olivesi

  • After working for eight years in a cement factory in Tripoli, Adallah Abduaziz , a Nigerian, was arrested in the Spring for lack of proper documents. © Marine Olivesi

  • Ayam, 17, reunites with 3-year old Omar on the train to downtown Athens. Syrian-Palestinians, the two cousins fled Damascus in December '12. © Marine Olivesi

  • Ramzia and her 5 children arrived in Greece in September 2011. Her two oldest sons, 17 and 18, were arrested in February for lack of valid documents. © Marine Olivesi

  • Talin, a 23 year old Syrian-Armenian born and raised in Aleppo, prepares a narguilé in Yerevan, Armenia --one of her favorite pastime away from home. © Marine Olivesi

If my reporter’s beat were a nation, it would be the world’s 5th largest.

215 million first-generation migrants along with some 20 million refugees live scattered throughout the globe today. Drop me anywhere, and I’ll find you one with a good story to tell.

Maybe I’m drawn to them because I’m a migrant myself. Maybe it’s because their journeys, hopes and struggles are unique, but share common threads. Whether they’re destitute or wealthy, left their homeland by choice or by force, for good or temporarily, these “people on the move” display a level of resourcefulness, willpower and resilience that never cease to amaze me. Their personal tales can branch out to stories about culture, religion, business, war, politics. Sometimes all of them at once. More than anything though, each one is a human interest story at its core.

I’ve started to cover migration full time in Fall 2010. I had just left New York City, a place I called home after living there for two years, first as a journalism student at Columbia University then as a freelance associate producer at New York’s Public Radio station, WNYC.

Shortly after returning to France, I was packing again to go on my first solo reporting trip, in Greece. The country had become one of the main gateways into the EU for undocumented Africans, Iraqis, Iranians and Afghans. Compounded with Greece’s financial meltdown and a broken asylum system, this influx triggered a spike in racist behaviors and extreme right votes, a trend recorded all over Europe.

Then the Arab Spring kicked off, giving way to an unprecedented and chaotic flow of economic migrants and war refugees –the Tunisians in Italy, the Libyans in Tunisia, the Syrians in Libya… The Arab Spring is reshaping the migration map around the Mediterranean, and we’re only starting to grasp its far-ranging consequences.

My ambition is to expose the new challenges and opportunities not only for migrants but also for states and local communities in the region. As thousands of young Tunisians fled their country after the Jasmine Revolution, I reported on how their exodus turned out to unexpectedly hurt the country’s fishing industry. While hundreds of thousand foreign workers fled Libya, I explored the fate of those who stayed behind, and found out that a few dozen of them were actually running a hospital in the Nefusa town of Nalut.

These voices are often lost in the quick, in-and-out media coverage of major migration crisis. They’re the ones I strive to bring out.

I also cover general news for European and North American public radio stations, and for the English and French broadcast of the news channel France 24.

But by and large, covering the migration beat is what keeps me on the move.