Stories by Theme

At least nine broad themes emerged from the conversations with the migrants about the pictures they had taken. Here you will find some of their words, grouped under each theme. Photos of migrants at the border are anonymized to protect their identities. Texts have been translated and edited for clarity and brevity. Some of our papers in the results section include more detailed analysis by sub-themes as well.

photo of wall at the border

Border, wall, place, territory

group of friends

Family, community


Fun, entertainment, art, nature


Transience, identity, culture

mat at computer

Information, technology, learning

man by sign

Motivations, aspirations

police car

Security, authority, activism

guy by truck

Service, solidarity, help

guy with jackhammer

Work, livelihood