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Migration into Europe – a never-ending story about ourselves

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

On International Migrants Day (18 December), Anila Noor and Roger Casale reflect on how migration can be seen in a long-term perspective as part of the narrative of what Europe is today, and can become in the future.

We have the historian Ferdinand Braudel to thank for the expression “la longue durée”. Braudel’s approach focuses on long-term, structural changes in society, rather than the short-term focus of the chronicler or the journalist.

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