A Restless History of Europe

“The truth is

that Europeans have never

sat still for long.

Whichever page of

European history you turn to,

you’ll find migration.”

David Mountain with an article on “We Are Europe” magazine reconstructed the history of the European continent, retracing some relevant events of the past, proving that issues and concerning on migration – which since 2015 with the refugee crisis emerged as the main topics of nationalist rhetoric and politics debate – are nothing new, indeed.

Contrary to what nationalist politicians repeatedly claim, Europe historically is a continent of migration. The mass movement of people is deeply entwined with its history and its inhabitants: Europe, as we know it today, it’s partly the product of internal and external migration. And, although the migration flow of the 21st century shows different characteristics than those of the past, tracing its history, he demonstrated that such wrong ideas, permeating the debate on the migration issue – which is a modern and not a European phenomenon – are wrong and false.

Here the full article.