Racism and Corona An Uphill Battle for Italy's Beach Vendors

Beach vendors in Italy have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The country has seen a massive drop in tourism and the poor state of the economy has exacerbated xenophobia.
By Maria Stöhr and Claudia Corrent (photos) in Cavallino-Treporti, Italy
This beach vendor from Morocco has been working on the beach at Cavallino-Treporti for several years.

This beach vendor from Morocco has been working on the beach at Cavallino-Treporti for several years.

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Soda, 19, just before beginning her workday on the beach. "Look at the beach. It's totally empty."

Soda, 19, just before beginning her workday on the beach. "Look at the beach. It's totally empty."

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Normally, the beaches near Venice are full in the summer. This year, though, there aren't many tourists around.

Normally, the beaches near Venice are full in the summer. This year, though, there aren't many tourists around.

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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL

Beach entertainment: Women who have booked a bit of sand aerobics.

Beach entertainment: Women who have booked a bit of sand aerobics.

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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL

Junes says he has been forced to give up his room in Padua and is now living out of a car parked behind the dunes.

Junes says he has been forced to give up his room in Padua and is now living out of a car parked behind the dunes.

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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL

Junes says he travels back home to Casablanca once every two years.

Junes says he travels back home to Casablanca once every two years.

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The Venice flag blowing in the wind and all the boats on the beach: Business has been slow this summer.

The Venice flag blowing in the wind and all the boats on the beach: Business has been slow this summer.

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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL

Junes wears a supportive wrap on his knee due to the amount of walking he does every day.

Junes wears a supportive wrap on his knee due to the amount of walking he does every day.

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Claudia Corrent/ DER SPIEGEL

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