9 imagesLife of a very small community of romanian migrant workers living in this andalusian resort, west from the strait of Gibraltar. In 2008 was estimated that Romania has 1 million migrants in Spain, 750.000 officially registered and more than 250.000 legal workers. The low skilled ones are employed mainly in construction and service sector, then agriculture and housekeeping. The Romanian so-called "strawberry saga" started in 2001 when a Moroccan campaign in Huelva determined Spanish government to look elsewhere to find workforce in agriculture. Romanian have since remained devoted probably mostly due to the latin similar culture. Despite their "strawberry people" label, the first Romanian labourers to Spain determined more and more co-nationals to follow. The remittances they sent home were an important short-term gain for romanian economy. Lately, economic crisis has become a reason to return home for just a small part of the guest workers. The Voluntary Return Plan has not done good results, first reason being that "home wouldn't be better". This series was done during Al-Liquindoi workshop in Cadiz. Whether they are adventurous or willing to earn good money, low skilled migrant workers use to live a provincial life every place they go. Working legally or not, they aspire to some sort of parasitic life: to reach a level of self-sufficiency and then the society to serve them somehow.
39 imagesIn december 1989 violent riots have overthrown the communist government in Romania and power was taken by a coalition of former communist officials. 20 years after not much has changed. Romania remains one of the Europe's poorest countries. The "nouveaux riche" class is not new at all. They are the descendants of former (securitate) regime who took advantage of the uncertain transition. The main news channels and press agencies are controlled by oligarchs. They were heavily politically engaged at recent presidential elections favouring the heirs of Communist Party and their allies. Numerous poor, rural romanians left abroad to work as their options for a decent job at home were very limited. The exodus of low-skilled labourers in Spain and Italy got proportions after 2002.The remittances sent home by the so-called "strawberry people" were an important short-term gain for the economy. Meanwhile children were left behind together with the old ones. Countryside still looks bucolic, despite the concrete and plastic new housing. Inhabitants usually behave outdated, with little or no interest in the contemporary changes. This ongoing series portrays daily life in Romania exploring the intricated transition after the collapse of communist regime.
16 imagesNiger is a Sub-Saharan country, one of the poorest in the world, ranked constantly near last on the The United Nations Human Development Index. Apart from corruption, common life in Niger means subsistence crops,countinuous desertification and drought cycles common to the Sahel region of Africa. On the other hand, Niger is one of the world's largest uranium producers. The largest ethnic groups in Niger are the Hausa and the Djerma-Songhai.They live as farmers.The government favors members from the Djerma-Songhai group. The rest of Nigeriens are nomadic or semi-nomadic livestock herders from the group of Fulani and berber Tuareg. Their subsistent way of life is more fragile and increasingly threatened. 63% of Niger people live with less than 1$ per day. The risk of contacting major infectious disease is very high. Niger is ranked among the first at birth rate, infant mortality rate and death rate as well.