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Portuguese expat living in Brussels since 2003, I'm interested by the intersection of technology, politics, participatory democracy, grassroots movements and human rights.
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@RTBFinfo @EntreLignes @lalibrebe I really want to know how this poll question was asked to people.. How much people were polled etc.. There is a huge difference between the perception of migration (amplified by politicians from N-VA or VB constantly using the refugees/migrants question to rehearse their identity politics) and the real stats on migration that anyone can get just by doing a search for Belgium.
I suspect the constant noise, anxiety, fear, xenophobia entertained by politics and media is shaping the the results of this poll much much more than anyone is willing to accept.. And instead of challenging this poll results and its narrative, most media are simply relaying this as if it was an objective immutable truth that all Belgians think. To the point people reading this believe it themselves without even asking the fundamental question of How the poll was realized and what was the question asked...

Are we sliding into idiocracy?

There is no refugees crisis, there is no a constant flux or refugees coming to Europe, there is no invasion.

What there is, is an Asylum crisis, mainly driven by identitarian politics, right populism fearing them not abiding to the fear narrative will push their voters towards more far-right parties.. The stats are very clear, there is no refugees invasion in Europe, yet, from big institutions of media to echo chambers in social media, there is a general anxiety that used to be rooted on the causes of the problems, not their symptoms.

We are a few years after a financial crisis that went largely unsanctioned (banks got bailed out, people got sold out) soon after 2008 the impact of decades of middle-east meddling and disastrous foreign policy started to make its impact : people running away from wars we often participated or sold weapons to one side or another.. What we could expect other than people fleeing their home country?

We westerners are hypocrites and guilty of very short memory. We love to imagine that actions have no consequences provided they don't happen on our soil and we dare to think that the instability we amplified in the last 2 decades would never reach home?

 

Brussels. A lovely melting-pot. A visual exploration of the European capital’s diversity.

Brussels. A lovely melting-pot. A visual exploration of the European capital’s diversity.

c'est quand même interpellant qu'on parle de cosmopolitisme mais pas de la division visible à l’œil nu de la capitale par grape d'origine différente...qui dans le cas de Bruxelles c'est presque "différents Bruxelles" dans la même ville..ce qui ne veut pas dire que des parties de Bruxelles soient moins ou plus Bruxelles que d'autre, mon argument en fait de dire que cette division à une origine, elle a sculpté la ville, elle reflète plus une non-intégration qui était voulue à l'époque, qui était structurelle et qui est devenue communautarisée parce que chaque vague d'immigration (italienne, portuguaise, polonaise, arabe, africaine etc..) a été stockée sans véritable vision à long terme d'intégration véritable..bien sûr la chose à évolué avec les années, mais entre temps, les murs invisibles dans Bruxelles sont bien présent..et il ne sont pas le fruit d'un cosmopolitisme bienveillant et inclusif...

les données parlent d'elle même en fait..

http://brussels-diversity.jetpack.ai/

via @karim_douieb

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