[The following text was written 08/03/11 by afrique-europe-interact, welcome to europe and the network of critical migration and border regime research]
The dynamic of the Arab spring is emanating into the entire world. The movements of revolt in the Maghreb encourage and give hope, not only because despotic regimes that have been believed invincible were chased away. Although the direction of further developments remain open it is obvious that the domino effect of the Tunisian jasmine revolution swiftly brought back the old insight that history is driven from below. The struggles are directed against the day-to-day poverty as well as against general oppression, they are as much about better living conditions as they are about dignity, in short: "bread and roses".
The incredible days of Midan Al-Tahrir, the Liberation Square in Cairo signify the quest for new forms of self organisation and grassroots democracy. The desire for equal rights, autonomy and a share of the economic wealth is also mirrored in the boats crossing the Mediterranean towards Europe: today casting off from Tunisia while during the last years from North and West Africa . "Exit" – to claim one's freedom of movement and to migrate in order to find a different, better life, and "Voice" – to raise one's voice and struggle locally, are not contradictory, they are rather mutually intertwined.