The MigratieMuseumMigration has spoken with many inhabitants of Brussels, each with their own history and migration background.

Bachir, who moved from Tangier to Brussels in 1967 at the age of two, will never forget that his father left everything behind because of his children.

Zakia, whose father was one of the first Pakistanis in Brussels and who is very proud of what he has done for this community in Brussels.

Biser from Bulgaria, who works for Roma rights in Brussels and is very active in the LGBTQ community.

Lucrecia, an Argentinean who loves her social life in Brussels and has friends from all over the world.

Fariha, born in New Delhi, conducts research on prejudice and migration at the ULB.
Sehzade, Mohamed, Sultan, Jhie, Ahmed, Reza, Marysa, Federica, Anne, Domenico, Marie, Hervé, Tony and many others.

Those encounters led to the idea of the showcases.

These are cleverly designed showcases that tell the history of an individual or go deeper into a theme.

The MigratieMuseumMigration presents its 50 showcases in two large circular structures.

The showcases are full of photos, documents and very personal objects, universal because of their recognizability.

All this awakens all kinds of memories for the museum visitor.

A shipyard helmet has little historical value, but it does symbolise the history of a whole generation of men, from the time when they dug the tunnels of the Brussels metro.

The same helmet also tells the story of the Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese workers who work in the construction industry today.

A witness tells us that the city was literally built by several generations of migrants. Between the cupboards, quotes give meaning to the content.

The quote from Mehmet: “You will receive a letter once or twice a month” is next to the quote from Mahdieh: “With the social networks I don’t feel my mother’s warm hands”. How much easier communication hasn’t become over the years, yet it doesn’t reduce the distance between here and there.

The MigratieMuseumMigration owes these quotes to the many Brussels residents who wanted to share their experiences.

The MigratieMuseumMigration finds each of these stories special.

The museum will continue to collect such stories.

We hope that this unique and warm presentation will inspire many visitors to share their own stories with their family, their friends or the museum. The showcases can easily be updated.

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