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Banksy depicts Steve Jobs as fleeing refugee in Calais mural

Banksy is back in the headlines with yet another piece of artwork that focuses on the migration crisis after his mock theme-park Dismaland. A mural depicting Apple founder Steve Jobs as a fleeing refugee appeared in what is known as the Calais ‘jungle’ over the weekend.

Banksy was back in Calais with a new mural depicting Steve Jobs
Banksy was back in Calais with a new mural depicting Steve Jobs Image by Screengrab from Youtube

The mural shows a life-size Steve Jobs with a sack over one shoulder and an early-model Apple computer on a Calais wall amongst refugees’ tents.

The Calais local authorities have said they are going to preserve the mural with either a glass or a plastic panel. Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart told local newspaper Nord Littoral that local authorities were happy to have the mural, adding, “It is very good, and it has a message.”

In a rare statement to the media, Banksy commented that Apple only existed because the US allowed in a young Syrian emigrant from Homs. In the statement he says, “”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.”

In another Calais mural Banksy depicts a child looking towards England through a telescope on which is perched a vulture.

People queue in the rain to buy tickets for Banksy's exhibition theme park 'Dismaland' at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
People queue in the rain to buy tickets for Banksy’s exhibition theme park ‘Dismaland’ at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Image by Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Close to 6,000 migrants are living in what is termed the Calais ‘jungle’ waiting for the opportunity to jump onto a lorry, a train, or even walk through the Channel tunnel in search of a better life.

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