Fleeing to Europe – Why now ?

An unusual documentary project on ARTE: A broad variety of authors and camera crews pursue the core questions of the refugee crisis, including: Why now ? Where do we put the refugees ? What do we do next ?
“Why Now ?” travels to Somalia, Syria, Lebanon, and Kosovo in search of the grounds behind the unprecedented high number of refugees. One of the reasons: the disastrous supply situation in the refugee camps of the Middle East and Africa. In Kosovo, it is above all poverty, corruption, and mismanagement that cause people to flee – into the arms of human traffickers and smugglers.


  • report


  • Katrin Sandmann
  • Volker Heimann


  • Stefan Mathieu


  • ZDF/Arte


  • 30 Minutes

Year of Production

  • 2015