The so-called migratory emergency is causing European democracies to go under, by denying their fundamental values, namely the human rights doctrine and the principle of equality: the declared objective is of protecting their citizens, who are, all things considered, well-off persons, from an alleged threat - physical, economic, values - coming from outside.
The potential immigrant is the new barbarian and he is systematically deprived of his dignity as a person. The “scapegoat” of security is stirred up by exasperating the instinctive and unreasonable diffidence with the plan to establish the "government of fear": this is the new fuel of political action, a miserable substitute of the cultural and ideological schools of the past. It is a ruinous and contradictory project: it is enough to think that a Europe without both present and future immigrants would face an inexorable collapse, demographic first and thence economic, as well as cultural.
It is a thought, the one just explained, excluded from the current political reasoning: it is usually branded as ideological, or good-natured, or perhaps naive; the actual thesis is that we are facing an epochal invasion, that we need to "govern" the flows and that the goal must be the new comings' limitation and the strengthening of the borders, whatever the cost (there are also those who produce acrobatic short circuits arguing precisely that the blockade of migration would safeguard democracy, which otherwise would end up crumbled by social rancor and racial hatred).
Donatella Di Cesare, in one of her interventions, has developed on this theme an original philosophical-political vision, in which she focuses on the origins of the current war the national states are leading against migrants, in the name of an idea of citizenship that postulates a sort of property right on the territory due to the natives. To defend this equivocal idea of citizenship, the states are willing to sacrifice human rights, thus abjuring their fundamental values.
Yet migrations are certainly not new in the history of humanity and of Western society itself: the point is then all political. Donatella Di Cesare affirms that globalization has brought forwards to a different concept of citizenship, in which there is no relationship of ownership between natives and territory: instead we are all "foreign resident", living and working as guests of where we got to for various reasons, without any owner rights. This vision is denied today by those who have an interest in maintaining the status quo, whatever the cost, even a war on migrants and human rights, a war that is jeopardizing the possibility of a democratic coexistence on the basis of equality. So, Di Cesare concludes by saying that the right to migrate is the perspective of our times and our future, to be brought about by a cultural and political battle like that - she says - was fought against slavery