Republique Sans Papiers
‘Republique Sans Papiers’, a state on the water. The refugees who are refused at the borders of Europe live on discarded containerships. This extreme and detailed devised scenario acts as an catalyst for a critical examination of the european refugee policy. An essay about state, freedom of travel and refugees plus a concept for the new dystopian republic form the theoretical base – a map and two plans give detailed information about the organisation and infrastructure.
The territory of the ‘Republique Sans Papiers’ consists of discarded container ships like the ‘Colombo Express’ which anchor along the axis of the exclusive economic zones of Malta, Italy, Greece and Libya. The formerly biggest container motor ship of the world has a load capacity of 8,749 20-Feet-Containers. With 335.47 m in length, 42.94 m width and a height of 60.5 m it equals three soccer pitches. It could accommodate 50,000 people – the average yearly amount of refugees between 2006 and 2010. Additional ships are added according to requirements. In the long-term they will form a defensive wall around the european waters.