In the Southern Alps, on the border between France and Italy, locals say the way of the mountain has to be respected: no one is left out in the cold to die. “The way of the mountain” depicts how locals on both sides of the border have organized themselves to prevent the death of a migrant. The border lies on a ski station, reaching an altitude of approximately 2000 meters high. The mountain route is a perilous journey: temperatures drop below 10 degrees Celsius at night, low-visibility and risks of falling over a cliff or dying from hypothermia are high.
Regardless of the risks, the French and Italian governments exceed pressure on the locals to stop providing support for migrants hiking the mountain into France. The French and Italian police also use violence and fear tactics to dissuade migrants from crossing.
Nevertheless, Italians and French work together to protect migrants from being left outside to die on the mountain. From providing warm winter clothes on the Italian border, to opening an emergency welcome center in Briançon, citizens have mobilized to fill in the hole the European governments have left.
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