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In 2015, 65.3 million people globally were displaced, a population greater than that of the United Kingdom. The same year, the construction of new barriers to divide neighboring countries was greater than any other time in history. The New Migration Project was inspired by the massive human migrations occurring at a global scale and the destructive nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric currently shaping our global response to the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. By capturing and sharing these migrants' stories, the project emphasizes the diversity of human experience to further its mission of building better cross-cultural understanding.

During the next year, the New Migration Project will document the lives of an underrepresented population of migrants who cross the European Union border through Spain—a country that has as-of-yet evaded the media spotlight. Sydney Bowie, the project's founder, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to support her year abroad, but the grant does not cover the expenses related to the of making the film. Your support is essential to both the film and its humanitarian campaign.

Spain is unique in that it is the only land border between Africa and the European Union due to its two enclaves in Northern Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, which are the last colonial holds of Spanish territory on the African continent. These enclaves have historically served as an entry point into the EU, and tens of thousands have climbed the barbed wire fence or swam the border crossing. Others opt for the even more perilous route of crossing the Mediterranean in pateras (small wooden boats) headed for the Andalusian coast.

Once they reach Spanish soil, migrants spend up to sixty days in internment centers—many of which are repurposed prisons—while Spanish authorities attempt to determine country of origin. For approximately 80% of those interned, the home country is deemed too unstable for repatriation or country of origin cannot be determined. These migrants are eventually permitted to enter Spain as an "undocumented immigrant" without working rights and therefore with limited prospects for starting a new life.

Most of these migrants come from war-torn and poverty stricken sub-Saharan-Africa, where 48.5% of the population live on $1.25 a day. Much of the population fleeing this region fits the legal definition of an environmental or climate refugee: a person who is forced to leave their home due to environmental changes that pose a serious threat to their lives. Many of these changes are a direct result of developed nations whose energy and resource consumption has triggered desertification, drought, and monsoons due to climate change. This film will document the lives of these migrants, giving a face to the numbers and a voice to the oppressed.

Recognizing the power of storytelling to inspire change, the New Migration Project will help generate the needed awareness and conversation surrounding these issues, using the most impactful and far-reaching creative medium for doing so: film.

Click here to learn more about the project.



*The opinions and views presented on this website and in this project are the author's alone and in no way reflect those of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Department of State, or the U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission.

$29,880 Raised
33% towards $90,000 Goal

Supported by 35 Donations:

  • The Doheny Family
    I Gave $500
    Sydney, Thank you for giving a face and a voice to those in dire need. May your film reach the world ten times over! So proud! The Doheny Family
  • Karen  and Tom  L.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Lauri  W.
    I Gave $50
    Go Kone!
  • Karen  and Tom  L.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Karen  and Tom  L.
    I Gave $50
    For Kone
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    Anonymous
    For Kone
  • Emily C.
    I Gave $25
    For Kone!
  • Karen  and Tom  L.
    I Gave $1,000
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    Anonymous
  • Ann  S.
    I Gave $1,000
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $2,500
  • Karen  and Tom  L.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Lesly D.
  • Sofie H.
    I Gave $250
  • Lynn P.
    I Gave $750
    Proud of you Sydney!!
  • Diane C.
    We support you wholeheartedly! The Connelly Family
  • Bill B.
    I Gave $500
    Keep up the good work!
  • Karen  and Tom  L.
    I Gave $1,000
    We believe in you and your incredible film to make a difference in how people view immigrants and their stories.
  • Cindy and Al S.
    I Gave $300
    Thank you for educating our world about those whose basic human rights must be respected so they may live with dignity. Your passion is amazing!
  • Cassie H.
    Wish I had millions to donate! Miss you and so proud of you!
  • Kate  R.
    I Gave $25
    You're amazing!! Xoxo
  • Kirby K.
    I Gave $100
    So proud of you!
  • Kim R.
    I Gave $250
    Thank you for bringing this to the world's attention! Good Luck!
  • Michael & Dianne B.
    I Gave $250
    Good luck!
  • Blake B.
    Hi Sydney, I wish I had more to give but your boy is broke
  • David M.
    I Gave $5,000
  • Charlie A.
    Good luck Sydney!!
  • Lana H.
    I know you will do an amazing job. I only wish I could fund the whole project!
  • Lauri  W.
    I Gave $100
    So proud of you Sydney! Love Aunt Lauri and Uncle Marc
  • Paige B.
    I Gave $100
    So proud of you!!!!