What is it like to attempt to travel across the Mediterranean Sea by boat? What do those who do so face on their journeys?

Researchers for the Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat project interviewed 271 people, most of whom had already crossed the Mediterranean by boat, and others who were planning to do so to create an interactive map that allows viewers to explore the complex, dangerous journeys people make.,

In this animation, hear about the experiences people had during their journeys. 

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat was led by Professor Vicki Squire with colleagues at the University of Warwick, University of Malta and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). It was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

For more information about the research projects featured in Refugees:  Forced to Flee, explore this guide from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

About the Exhibition

War turns people's worlds upside down, from the First World War to the present day, countless lives have been affected by conflict. Ordinary people are forced to make extraordinary decisions – should they stay or go?

Refugees: Forced to Flee at IWM London explored a century of refugee experiences, from Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews and the Kindertransport, to the Calais Jungle and the treacherous Mediterranean crossings.

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Refugees

IWM London & IWM North

1 August 2020 to 26 September 2021

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