Lucassen: “In the current polarized debate it can often can be heard that Europe threatens to succumb on the arrival of asylum seekers and our prosperity and security are in danger and refugees cannot be housed. Is that true? To find out it is useful to look in the past.”
Leo Lucassen is Research Director of the International Institute for Social History and Professor of Global Labour and Migration History at Leiden University. As a NIAS Fellow in 2002/03, he wrote “The Immigrant Threat“. His forthcoming book “Voorbij Fort Europa” will be published this summer. He twitters @Leolucassen.