Banksy Depicts Steve Jobs as Syrian Refugee In Latest Work

Banksy's latest piece comments on refugee crisis

Another piece of Banksy’s work has appeared on a wall in the refugee camp in Calais, France. The work depicts Steve Jobs carrying an original Mac computer in one hand and a black sac strewn over his shoulder, alluding to Jobs’ background as the son of a Syrian migrant. A photo of the mural has been featured on Banksy’s website with the caption “the son of a migrant from Syria.”


In a rare public statement released to the media Banksy said, “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 $7 bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”


This isn’t the only work that the anonymous artist has created as commentary on the Syrian refugee crisis; two more murals are featured in Calais’ refugee camp, also known as “The Jungle.” One image portrays an overflowing boat full of refugees trying to flag down a distant luxury yacht, and the other shows the silhouette of a small girl peering through a telescope in the direction of England. The girl has a suitcase on the ground behind her with a vulture sitting on top of her telescope.