Why Migrants Can No Longer Be Considered Society’s “Fringe”

2015 Global Thinker Tobias Zielony and writer Anna Badkhen debate how the West stereotypes—to dangerous effect—the Global South.


In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, photographer Tobias Zielony joins author Anna Badkhen to discuss the misconceptions plaguing the refugee crisis—both in Europe and in Africa—and why the media have a unique responsibility to reshape the migration debate. FP story editor Amanda Silverman hosts.

About the participants:

Tobias Zielony is a 2015 Global Thinker and Berlin-based photographer who was selected for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. His photos and films largely focus on the people living on the edges of society, and his work often obscures the lines among photojournalism, photography, and fine art. His Venice exhibition, The Citizen, followed a group of African refugee activists living in Berlin and Hamburg, capturing the difficulties and challenges of their new lives.

Anna Badkhen is the author of five books, including The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village and, most recently, Walking With Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah. She’s currently researching and raising funds on Indiegogo for her next book, Fisherman’s Blues, which will follow a family of Senegalese fishermen and will be published in 2017. As a journalist, she’s reported from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Mali, and Somalia for publications including FP, the New Republic, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe, among others.

Amanda Silverman is a story editor for print at FP. Follow her on Twitter: @apsilverman.

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