Recently, I visited the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, which was particularly important to me. The current political climate tells me that we need to reflect on the history and realities of emigration and immigration.
The Red Star Line Museum is a special place as it focuses on the insightful stories of the many passengers who travelled from Antwerp, the Red Star Line's main European port, to America between 1873 and late 1934. Two million passengers travelled on board Red Star Line ships to North America in search of happiness and a better future. These touching stories show that migration and human mobility have always existed.
In the margins of my visit to the Red Star Line Museum, I also had the opportunity to visit the Community of Sant'Egidio, speak to migrants and listen to their stories on the realities of today's migration.
We cannot deny that migration is a constant part of European history and cultural exchange. Instead, we have to understand contemporary migration in a larger scope. Surely, migration will be one of the most prominent, divisive and potentially decisive topics in the forthcoming European elections and that is why it is even more important to address it.