The director of the IOM Regional Office for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, Eugenio Ambrosi, provides a commentary on the migration challenge facing Europe.
By Eugenio Ambrosi
The evening of 9 November 1989 promised to mark the end of an era of confrontation, tension and threats from opposing sides, of exported wars and destruction in so many parts of the world. For my generation – which grew up in the shadows of the Cold War – the symbolism of the Berlin Wall being chipped away by jubilant crowds on both sides that night meant long-awaited change had arrived with the beginning of a new world order of co-operation and mutual respect among former enemies. Or so we thought.