Empathy for Emigrants. Photoessay by Sean Hayes

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In November of 2015, I had the privilege of accompaning Malta MEP Roberta Metsola to a refugee centre in Balzan, about 5km from the Maltese capital Valletta. I was commissioned by the EPP group to photograph Roberta on her fact-finding mission to improve EU policy on emigration. A very rewarding and enlightening experience. Emigration is a very divisive issue in Europe today. At the end of a political policy, there is always a human being. Whatever your worldview may be, I invite you to view the world through emigrants eyes. Thanks to the people at ZN for hiring me to do this photoessay and to Antti and his team at the EPP group for their support. And a big thanks to Roberta Metsola and her team in Malta for the warm welcome and help in getting my camera back. I inadvertently left it in a taxi on the way back from the shoot. In the same way there are no atheists in a foxhole – there are no photographers who have forgotten the Lord’s prayer after misplacing a camera without downloading the day’s photo session. Shot with a Sony a7s and edited with Lightroom and PS.

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Emigrants series @ Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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