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Triggered by a newspaper article on a hidden village established by illegal immigrants near Calais (France), photographer Henk Wildschut got into his car and headed south to visit The Jungle, as it was called. Living in provisional shelters, only yards from the suburbs housing Calais citizens, hundreds of immigrants waited for a lucky spot on one of the many trucks making their way across the Channel to Victoria Station, London. It was the final step in a journey that began months before in Kabul, Islamabad, Baghdad, Brazzaville, Lagos, Freetown or any other place in Africa and Asia where people dreamed of a better life. After Calais, Wildschut continued his project in Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain and Morocco, looking for traces of countless journeys in parks, around railway stations, in scrappy suburbia.


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