• Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    Austrian border policeman standing at a fence.

    The sign says"Keep escapeway free"

  • This reportage is part of a special issue of the magazine "change" published by Bertelsman Foundation about Europe in times of migration, rising nationalism and protectionism. A small village but a big symbol for current discussions about refugees, free trade and travel. Portraits of villagers, travelers and of the place itself. 

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    Khaled, 15, from Algeria and two other adolescent refugees from North Africa in front of the railroad station on the Italian side of town.

    They wait for a chance to proceed to northern Europe.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    Sawmill owner near the border on the Austrian side.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    A huge Outlet Center attracts many drivers on their journey through Brenner.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    Walid bin Ahamed was arrested by austrian borderpolice in a train.

    He dreams of working as a hairdresser in Germany.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    68 year old Waltraud Steeger works as sexton in the local church Santa Maria de la Strada.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    Pedestrian underpass at Brenner station.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    Apartment blocks on the italian side.

  • Brenner-border town on europe´s big transit route

    The Brenner motorway heading towards Brenner from the Austrian side.