A couple of days ago, the Bristol-based street art legend Banksy depicted Steve Jobs in a refugee camp in Calais, France. He spray painted the founder of Apple wearing his trademark turtleneck, jeans and round glasses, with an early personal computer and a bin bag over his shoulder.
This work is intended to draw attention to the benefits of migration, here is why:
“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
– Banksy, (The Independent)
Banksy also wanted to draw attention to the conditions in refugee camps.
The Calais migrant camp called “The Jungle” is currently home to more than 7,000 migrants. The majority come from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan and are hoping to get to the UK to start a better life.
Notice the yellow paint: “Nobody deserves to live this way!”
Banksy recently donated wood and other structural elements from his “bemusement park” called Dismaland to the Calais camp to help build shelters.
Click here to find out more about Dismaland.
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