Eugenio Ambrosi

The Unbearable Lightness of Leadership

Contrary to prevailing mainstream political narrative, the recent migration flows across the Mediterranean to Europe are not the problem. But they have exposed the real problems we face.

Analysis… Migration: the enemy within

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.

Our Sea

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.