Tomorrow is today: let us live in our migrations

Josefa is based on the instinctive idea that our city’s "living together", far from being threatened by the "waves" of migrants as some have prophesied, is instead made more fruitful by our hospitality towards these refugees, and offers a beneficial opportunity for our civilization, both for our societies today and for the generations to come…

By journeying together or separately, we enrich each other, as we always have, particularly when we are in connection with those who, forced to leave their country, their family, their job, their friends, their community, their land, lost everything and set off for an often unknown destination, in order to share with us their knowledge, their skills, their culture, and even their vulnerability.

In this context, Josefa has a very innovative approach: the migrant person – whom we all are, in one way or another, due to our humanity – is not only the object of my objective gaze nor the object of my generosity, but he or she compels me to care and to change my perception not only of him or her but also of myself: mutually, we can then share not only our qualities and resources, but also those often hidden things, our respective vulnerabilities, and thus we can be enriched by them. Indeed, there is no unique method of integration, but rather multiple paths to co-integration.

This way, by focusing as much (or more so) on the economic front as on the social, cultural and religious fronts, Josefa intends to restore the multi-disciplinary, ethical and sustainable roles of the Economy. Faced with the large flows of migration which shake our world today, often leading to anti-migrant reactions and insularity, which make the situation of refugees more and more difficult, in association with various public or private socioeconomic partners, with the support of its multiple contributors, the Josefa House, "a place of solidarity", wants to take on, in its own way, the challenge of welcoming, accommodating and accompanying those who are trying to escape from a forced exile with the aim that they develop wholly, physically, psychologically and spiritually. What remains of our liberties, when, during the course of a migration, the journeying spirit and the meaning of one’s exodus are lost?

Spread out in the heart of Brussels, the EU capital, the architectural proposal of the "Josefa House" ecosystem, designed to showcase an innovative urbanism, is seeking to reconcile sustainability and user-friendliness, continuity and innovation in the matter of "living together", characterized by finding the right balance between shared spaces and private places: 42 housing units, dining areas, a medical centre, a cultural and spiritual hub; indeed, it strives to take into account the dignity of all persons residing in the house, but also wants to preserve what’s possible between the residents of the Josefa House and those living nearby.

Here is thus the invitation from the Josefa House, the visible face of the Foundation, which opens its doors with you, with us, with the aim to free itself from predefined routes without denying the memory of our traditions, as variously European as they are. Let us live in our migrations, without waiting for the road to be cleared: all of us, together, migrants, we are already on our way, in exodus, and have been for a very long time, and too often we forget that only the road travelled matters. Human beings we become, between hospitalities that are empowering and reciprocities in movements of existence.