The Italian Harbourmaster Corps (Coast Guard) in Rome rescues migrants bound to the coasts of Italy. © Francesco Malavolta 2014
By Eugenio Ambrosi
IOM Regional Director, RO Brussels
First published in New Europe | 18 Feb 2015
Europe seems to have forgotten that it was only 70 years ago that Europeans were uprooted and seeking shelter from war and poverty. Then in the blink of an eye, Europe went from a continent of emigration to one of destination and yet our welcome leaves much to be desired. We have drawn up the bridge and entered into “crisis” mode as if Europe were under siege by migrants.