Serbian Foreword
The Introduction into the General Migration Economy

Luka Jovanović
FSD Program Director

Migrations such as we witnessed in the last few years are not a novelty in history. In fact, they have constantly been the harbingers of a new age and they resulted in a different and often more prosperous world then the one that preceded them. Each era resolved the immense challenges these upheavals bring in their own unique fashion. Those decisions, often guided by particular interests, often had far-reaching consequences which continue to shape the world and the societies we live in to this very day.

Migration, Terrorism, and the Future of a Divided Europe: a Continent Transformed by Chris Deliso represents a critical overview of the way in which Europe – a bastion of hope and a symbol of prosperity for many people who have due to reasons pertaining to war, poor economic prospects or something completely different decided to embark on a dangerous and uncertain journey towards it – is handling the present crisis. It would be remiss not to underscore that the managing of this process in its finality determines the perceptions the natives and the newcomers have of each other and whose harmonious relations represent a necessary precondition for prosperity and a common future.

When observed from that very specific point of view, the events surrounding the recent migration influx, as well as those that followed its seeming ebb don’t leave much room for optimism. Quite the contrary!

In many ways they diverge from earlier patterns but the most telling difference lies in the fact that the topic of discussion is shifting from “solving” the migration crisis to trying to “manage” it. Immigrants and refugees have been transformed from human beings of flesh and blood into a renewable and expendable resource which the machinery of this migration economy farms for the sake of its own perpetuation, often resorting to means and methods that have nothing in common with the high ideals that inspired immigrants to pursue happiness in Europe.

There shouldn’t be any illusions about immigrants being the only victims of this system. The logic with which this complex justifies itself to the natives, which relies on emotions rather then fact, results in many Europeans watching scores of people - quite few of whom are mere children - who embarked upon such a precarious and yet so human journey, with fear and hate rather then admiration. The impulses that have been stirred up undermine the system of values, political organization and economic prosperity that lured immigrants to Europe in the first place.

All this is taking place in a tight noose which the migration economy placed around Europe and which will, if left to its own devices, grow tighter with each new major influx of immigrants.      

An Introduction into the General Migration Economy, which is being published by ( Vidici i putokazi) Sights and Signs, represents the fifth chapter of the major work Migration, Terrorism, and the Future of a Divided Europe: a Continent Transformed, which describes in fine detail this system whose understanding is of key importance and is the first step in the establishing of a different, more humane, process which will result in a world in which both immigrants and natives alike will be able to live in peace.