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Josefa – Migrants, all of us

Migration has so far been considered, treated, and legislated as a "problem" that refers to a certain category of people, "migrants", and which appears to require a "solution" (to said "problem"). In fact, some solutions can be rather baffling...

For the Josefa Foundation, on account of their reality, of their historical voice, it is first and foremost about rethinking our migrations as the foundation of our humanity: a human being is a migrant and vice versa.

As a result, Josefa denounces the manner in which migration issues are addressed, which is not only debatable but significantly undermines our social order because it stigmatises people by calling them "migrants". And people referred to as "migrants" are continuously discriminated against and marginalised from society. Migrants are human beings: the socio-political practices or laws which force certain human groups to be called "migrants" are obsolete.

Josefa invites us to change the way we see ourselves before judging others (the "migrants"), and thus to change our political and legislative language: "migrants, all of us", so as to avoid migration-related discriminatory practices.

Furthermore, by working with legislative and political bodies, Josefa proposes that we consider "our migrations" using a holistic (physical, psycho-intellectual and spiritual) approach without categorisation ("migrants"), but also without reductionism (viewing migration only in spatiotemporal or climatic terms, or only focussing on the person’s socioeconomic integration into the larger society).

So, Josefa suggests that we understand the human being as being migrant, listening to our migrations in every one of us.

Josefa – Migrants, all of us

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