How to keep a garden of human beings?

Emmanuel Levinas once wrote: “people always come home in a community first, before they come home in the city surrounding them”. I believe that line, and it is an eye-opener for every politician who truly engages to make integration work. Apostolos Veizis, doctor without borders in Greece, fights for human living conditions in the migration hot spots at the borders of the European Union. International law states that people seeking refuge have to be offered the following basic needs: food, clothing, cell phone connectivity, water, hygiene, waste management and shelter. The camp of Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, with one toilet for 84 persons and only tents to protect kids from weary weather and agression, is notorious for its low standards. It even underbids the united nation camps in Sudan. The European Commission is responsible for this tragedy. The urgent political question is not how migration should be managed, the ultimate political question is how we can avoid that people on European soil have to live in shameful and deadly circumstances.

What do fresh plants need to flourish? And can we be inspired by the answers to this question? If Brussel, the core of European politics, was a garden, what would be needed to make new planted human beings grow? I resided some years in Brussels and although it is my native capital, I did not feel this well living there. I guess it had to do with me lacking a community. Few people spoke my mother tongue, I was completely alone in the office of the European YCW and all my friends lived in Gent. I left after half a year. What about the many maghreb migrants then, what about the thousands of stranded refugees in these streets? Brussels is a collection of scattered social stories. Can we really not connect alle these people living there by warm and magnetic communities?