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Brussels Connexion 2/3

Brussels Connexion 2/3

Brussels: the ‘capital of Europe’ and a place called ‘home’ – to varying degrees – for individuals and families from across Europe and beyond. Why do these expats choose to settle in Brussels and how do they establish themselves here? Why is it easier for some and more complicated for others? What links do expats have with their compatriots? And how do they interact with the ‘locals’ (what is a ‘local’ anyway?) Do they get the chance to really connect?

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Download: Brussels Connexion 02.mp4  (99.52 MB)

Brussels ConneXion focuses on so-called ‘expats’, skilled migrants, mostly Europeans, without, perhaps (who knows?), any long-term plans to settle down in the city. The European institutions draw a huge number of expats to Brussels. They come from all countries of the Union. The city is teeming with diplomats, lobbyists, journalists, and other professionals active around the institutions.

In the second of three programs, Anna Kelway an English-born ‘MEP Assistant’ working in the European Parliament meets Jelle Desmet, founding member of the 123 Squat in Brussels. Over a visit in both '123' and the 'European Parliament', Anna and Jelle talk about the housing issue in Brussels and how Europe's social policies are ( or not ) relevant to bring an answer to that problem.

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Loved the film. But why so short? The discussion was just getting interesting...