Long-listed by One World Media for #refugeecrisis coverage

In October 2014, I made my first trip to Sicily to investigate the living conditions of migrants and refugees. I stumbled around the island chasing leads, without a translator, for months. I found most roads led to anti-mafia prosectors, corrupt politicians and Italian organised crime. I also made my first visit to Calabria in November 2014 to investigate the mafia organisation that controls that territory, the ‘Ndrangheta. I started looking at their structure, how they take advantage of public funds and exploit migrants for hard labour. The article was eventually commissioned by Newsweek in March 2015, with the help of correspondent and author, Alex Perry.

I am very honoured to have our work recognised and long listed by One World Media for the Corruption Reporting Award. Thank you to everyone who opened their doors and offered their time, especially anti-mafia prosecutor Gery Ferrara.

Read the full article by Connie Agius and Alex Perry: http://europe.newsweek.com/mastermind-evil-genius-behind-migrant-crisis-328471. Originally published at europe.newsweek.com on June 10, 2015.

You can read/listen to more of my reporting on migration and the Italian mafia groups:

Dying in the Mediterranean (Inside Europe, DW)

How organised crime profits from Italy’s migration boom (The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Migration and the mafia (Special Broadcasting Service)

MSF pull out of some reception centres in Sicily (The World Today, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Judge takes on the Italian mafia (PM, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Panama Papers and how a corrupt Empire can be built (The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)