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Since you've been gone: the families migrants leave behind

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Mohammad Lamin arrives in Italy after leaving the Gambia for Europe via the “back way” - our new special feature explores the story of the family he left behind. (Jason Florio/MOAS/IRIN)

Every migrant who sets out on a journey leaves behind a family.

Our natural focus is on the odyssey, and the crisis that drives people from their homes. But migration is much more than just about people fleeing conflict or seeking asylum. It affects many more people than those actually on the move and navigating hostile borders. Those left behind, out of the media spotlight, also carry a burden – both financial and emotional – in supporting loved ones on their journey.

This special feature focuses on two such families.

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