In 2020, a staggering 20,000 migrants arrived on the Canary Islands in small boats from the west coast of Africa – an increase of ten times more than in 2019. This surge of irregular migration to the Spanish archipelago has sparked a humanitarian crisis that has been subject to debate and discussion among European leaders. To truly understand the plight of these refugees, an eye-opening documentary called ‘The Unwanted’ is available for viewing.
The documentary follows the stories of five people fleeing their home countries due to oppressive situations. These individuals have risked everything for a chance at a better life, but are met with hostility and indifference when they arrive at their destination. Despite being pushed away by authorities and other residents, these brave souls remain determined to find new beginnings. The documentary also sheds light on the harsh realities faced by those who make it ashore, as well as those forced to turn back in despair after being denied entry into Europe.
‘The Unwanted’ provides an intimate look at the human cost behind this crisis and pays tribute to heroic acts of compassion by some members of society who are willing to open their hearts and homes to those seeking refuge. We can all learn from this powerful film about what it means to be a refugee and how our own humanity can be tested in moments like these. For anyone who wants a better understanding of today’s migrant crisis, this is essential viewing.