Ismail Einashe is an award-winning journalist and writer covering migration, human rights and international news. He has written for The Guardian, BBC News, The Sunday Times, NPR and Foreign Policy, among many others. Currently, he is a Senior Journalist at Lost in Europe and works with Geesje van Haren to coordinate the project. In 2019, he was an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow where he reported on China’s role in Africa, focusing on Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. In April he was nominated for the European Press Prize 2020. In December 2019 he won a EU Migration Media Award. Einashe is the co-editor of the book Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere (Valiz, 2019). He is also an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Journalism School.

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National TV in Gambia

Lost in Europe was picked up by national TV in Gambia! Ismail Einashe’s story on a Gambian migrant fostered by an Italian family is featured at our facebookpage (video in English, credits QTV News).

24 Sep 2020

‘I don’t see any future in Sicily’: How migrants have become scapegoats for the coronavirus crisis

The Italian island prides itself on being a welcoming crossroads of cultures, but rising populist rhetoric is changing the conversation 

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Language: English
20 Dec 2020

Gambian migrant takes his Sicilian mother back home

A young orphaned migrant fostered by a family in Italy has taken his foster mother to meet his grandmother in The Gambia. Last month, the young man, who prefers to go by his childhood nickname of Lexy, made the reverse journey with his foster mother Giusella Ferraro - this time by aeroplane. The experience has not been all smiles, he says, as it has felt “extremely emotional” to be back, but the warm welcome has made it worth it.



BBC World - Africa
Language: English
18 Mar 2021

Gambian migrant takes his Sicilian mother back home

A young orphaned migrant fostered by a family in Italy has taken his foster mother to meet his grandmother in The Gambia. Last month, the young man, who prefers to go by his childhood nickname of Lexy, made the reverse journey with his foster mother Giusella Ferraro - this time by aeroplane. The experience has not been all smiles, he says, as it has felt “extremely emotional” to be back, but the warm welcome has made it worth it.



BBC World - Africa
Language: English
18 Mar 2021

Nearly 17 child migrants a day vanished in Europe since 2018

Investigation finds one in six were solo and under 15, as experts say cross-border cooperation ‘nonexistent’.

At least 18,000 unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared after arriving in European countries including Greece, Italy and Germany.

An investigation by the Guardian and the cross-border journalism collective Lost in Europe found that 18,292 unaccompanied child migrants went missing in Europe between January 2018 and December 2020 – equivalent to nearly 17 children a day.

In 2020 alone, 5,768 children disappeared in 13 European countries.

22 Apr 2021

How a Nigerian mother fought to hold on to her child in Italy

Read the story of Mary, a Nigerian mother who fought to hold on to her child in Italy here on the BBC website. 

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Language: English
12 May 2021

Lost in Europe: Collaboration and Mutual Exchange in Investigative Journalism

The plight of child migrants in Europe is one of the most pressing issues in the so-called migrant crisis. The goal of Lost in Europe is therefore to recover the stories of these missing children. Read more on why and how we do this in our contribution for social practice platform ‘Beyond the Now’. In the article we also share what we've learned since the start of Lost in Europe in 2018. 

16 Jun 2021

New project group starts investigation human trafficking in the Mediterranean

Another new Lost in Europe investigation started last week. Journalists from El Mundo, BBC, Argos, Avgi and others will look into underage migrants convicted of human trafficking in the Mediterranean. IJ4EU funded the project group with almost 50K to kickstart the research. Find updates about the project soon on lostineurope.eu.

10 Oct 2021

Ismail Einashe speaks at two events, join online

On 22 October our journalist Ismail Einashe (The Guardian, BBC News) will be giving a talk at Platforma Festival about "Palermo: The Black Mediterranean – Collaborative, Investigative Methods in a Frontier Place". And on October 5 he will be speaking about trauma-aware journalism during a live webinar hosted by the Rory Peck Trust. Free registration and more info on the Platforma website and Rory Peck Trust website.

5 Oct 2021

The African migrants running a food bank in Sicily

One morning in the historic heart of Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, a group of Nigerian women are frantically preparing to open a food bank for African migrant families. "I am everyone's mother," says Ms Egbon, who is 40 years old and has lived in Sicily for 19 years.

In this BBC series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe looks at how African migrants are helping each other on the Italian island of Sicily.

12 Nov 2021

World Day Against Trafficking - Questions and Answers

July 30 is the United Nation's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons -- it's the international day to raise awareness about the plight of human trafficking victims and to call for their rights to be protected. On this day we're hosting a special Q&A session on ZOOM with two of our journalists from the Lost in Europe collective.

This special Q&A session will feature two of our top investigative journalists, Cecilia Ferrara and Ismail Einashe. Do you want to learn about how Lost in Europe works? what stories Cecilia and Ismail are working on? do you want to learn which journalistic techniques work and which don't? Then do please reserve your free spot.

Date: Thursday 30 July
Time: 17.00-18.00 CEST (Central European time)
Link to sign up.

28 Jul 2020

Vietnamese deaths highlight the weakness of measures meant to protect them

The Essex drama highlights how the UK has become an epicentre for trafficked Vietnamese in Europe. For years, Vietnamese have been trafficked into the UK in trucks arriving from Belgium or France – so this latest incident would seem like nothing out of the ordinary. But what has shifted is the age of the people involved – they are younger and the tactics of their traffickers are more dangerous.

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Language: English
14 Nov 2019

Ismail Einashe member of Tate Etc.’s editorial board

With Tate Modern as his local art museum, Ismail Einashe has seen the benefits, both as a participant and visitor, of having a cultural institution next door. Tate Exchange offers a model for a new way forward, through conversation, participation and collaboration. Read more.

15 May 2020

Latest article now available in Turkish and French

Türk takipçilerimize müjde! Et une bonne nouvelle pour notre public francophone! 

The story on Nigerian women standing up to traffickers in Sicily is republished by both BBC News Türkçe and BBC News Afrique. Written by Ismail Einashe. Photography: Kate Stanworth.

Voici maintenant la version française! Nous sommes ravis de voir. 
Ve Türkçe versiyonunu buradan okuyabilirsiniz.

17 Nov 2020

Hundreds of trafficked children 'lost' by local authorities

A quarter of trafficked children who were in the care of local authorities in the UK last year have gone missing from the system, according to new research by two British charities that work with vulnerable children. These figures raise serious questions about the capacity of local authorities to provide a safe environment for vulnerable children who arrive in the UK alone, or after being rescued from trafficking gangs.

15 Dec 2018

The Nigerians standing up to sex-work traffickers in Sicily

In the mountains of Sicily a Nigerian woman is leading a battle to help rescue women like herself from a life of forced sex work. Osas Egbon opened up a shelter for these victims of trafficking on the Italian island in January - the first of its kind created by and for Nigerian women. 

27 Nov 2020

Italian family fosters Gambian migrant: 'The son we never had'

Muhammed Sanneh was an orphan when he left The Gambia aged 16 to try and find a way to support his two younger siblings. They had all been living with his grandmother in the northern town of Basse, where life was a struggle. Five-and-a-half years later, the young migrant lives on the Italian island of Sicily, where he is fluent in Italian and has been fostered by a local family.

27 Sep 2020

How London was sold to a child fleeing war

Ismail Einashe reflects on being transported back to his childhood in Ethiopia, and memories of life as a refugee before he moved to the UK. 'I had last been here as a young boy in December 1994, where I had lived after fleeing the civil war in Somalia. My family were forced to leave Hargeisa city in 1988, first escaping on foot to a refugee camp in Ethiopia near the border town of Harta Sheik, where I spent the defining years of my childhood and later ended up in Bole-Mikael, neighbourhood of Addis Ababa. We were not alone.'

30 Jan 2020

To England for a better life

England has become an epicenter for trafficked Vietnamese in Europe. For years, Vietnamese migrants have been smuggled into England by trucks from Belgium or France. In recent years, the people entering the country are getting younger and the ways in which traders bring people into the country is becoming more dangerous. The journey starts in Southeast Asia with routes via Russia to Europe. Most trafficked Vietnamese who reach England work in nail salons, cannabis plantations and, in the worst cases, forced prostitution. There are concerns about the capacity of European countries to combat human trafficking and to protect vulnerable individuals.

19 Feb 2020

Dutch authorities issue alert over missing prenant asylum seekers

Dutch authorities issue an alert over the vanishing of at least 25 heavily pregnant African women and girls housed in asylum shelters in the Netherlands. Our investigators reveal that unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and those with newborn babies, continue to disappear on a weekly basis from shelters across the country. Trafficking and illegal adoption are feared.

read in The Guardian
Language: English
4 Mar 2020

Vietnamese children vanish from Dutch shelters to be trafficked into Britain

The findings of the investigation raise serious questions about the efforts of EU states to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable children, and highlight the failings of the British and Dutch authorities to care for unaccompanied minors properly. There are more Vietnamese children than any other nationality identified or suspected of being trafficked into the UK.

30 Mar 2019

Migration: les africaines qui gèrent une banque alimentaire en Sicile

One morning in the historic heart of Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, a group of Nigerian women are frantically preparing to open a food bank for African migrant families. "I am everyone's mother," says Ms Egbon, who is 40 years old and has lived in Sicily for 19 years.

In this BBC series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe looks at how African migrants are helping each other on the Italian island of Sicily.

17 Nov 2021