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Axel Springer Lecture at ESMT Berlin

Travels Beyond the Margins: A Journey with Refugees from Afghanistan to Europe

In 2016, as a crisis unfolded on Europe’s borders, journalist Matthieu Aikins’ closest friend in Afghanistan decided to escape his country–and Aikins decided to go with him. Together, they traveled thousands of kilometers from Central Asia to the Mediterranean in the company of refugees and smugglers. Aikins will discuss his forthcoming book, based on his journey with his friend, and what the future holds for the world’s refugees.

The discussion will be moderated by Patrick Kingsley, international correspondent for The New York Times and author of The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Migration Crisis.

Please note that this event is off the record. (For updates on Aikins’s book-in-progress, please visit:

This event takes place at the ESMT Berlin (Schloßplatz 1 / 10178 Berlin)

Limited seating available. We kindly ask for your understanding that registrations are currently restricted to one person per semester for on-site events.

Participation is only possible upon prior confirmation by the American Academy’s program team.

In cooperation with ESMT

01 Oct 20
Nonfiction & Journalism
18:00 - 20:00
ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

This event took place on October 1, 2020.

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