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Migration is not a problem, it’s an invitation.

We Are Here

In November 2013 M2M placed its last posts on its own website at

In 2012 a new self-organising movement  arose that dubbed itself  We Are Here or , in Dutch, Wij Zijn Hier.

M2M fully supports and harnesses this powerful coming-out of refugees on the street.

Visibility, Togetherness and a desire to fight for a normal life are the key elements of this movement. We observe a clear echo from the days we were commemorating the Schiphol Fire with the words

We are here

To make a life again

Together as one


Where are you?

We are here


images from the camp of refugees in Ter Apel, Holland May 2012

Refugees without rights created a protest camp in The Netherlands
from May 8 until may 23rd, when they were evicted.

The pictures that were taken by themselves and by professional photographers will be brought together in an
exposition that will circulate through Holland and on the Internet.

M2M made the first presentation on UN International Day of Refugees.

Wednesday 20th of June

Barth Chapel, Brouwersgracht
2K, 2512 ER The Hague

You can’t quantify affection

Celebrating Migrants Day in Holland.  With a great story by Sami Gathii

The Diaspora Forum for Development in the Netherlands staged a Dialogue between Migrant’s Organisations and Civil Society on the occasion of International Migrants Day.
Mr. Wim Stoffers, representing Oxfam-Novib, played the role of Devil’s advocate regarding the issue of remittances. He stated that all the money migrants send home does not really do a lot for development.
Oxfam-Novib is the main funder of the DFD Platform so his provocative opening led to some debate.

Wim Stoffers

Even more provocative proved Mr.Stoffers statement that migrants are not necessarily suited to do development work in their native countries, basically because they have often grown apart from their soil. “There is no special role for migrants in development.”

Wim Stoffers

Grace Cabactulan of DFD responded to these critical remarks in a most elegant way: “You can’t question love. You cannot quantify affection.”

In the end they agree that you can organize it better, so affection becomes more effective.

Illegal Tribunal, Nov.3rd De Balie

Re-thinking the Schiphol Fire

PROGRAM (here in Dutch)

The Public hearing:

STREAM audio and video


Papa Sakho  tells us what we see

"After the fire we have to learn many things:
About what happened to the Schiphol People,
How they died in the fire.
And also about meeting the migrants.
Why the people move to die in the water.
To get a better life."


 Proposal for a Momentary Migration Monument (Dutch)
By Tjebbe van Tijen Imaginary Museum Projects)


Final of the auction of the poster Reisbureau Rita,
by Jo van der Spek, Sander and Papa Sakho of M2M (Dutch/English)

Four workshops  were held

Organized by: M2M and De Balie

Continue reading Illegal Tribunal, Nov.3rd De Balie

Art for Ahmed Issa

The day Colonel Gaddafi made a courageous humanitarian gesture and came to Schiphol to pick-up his countryman Ahmed Al-J.

Art works by Tjebbe van Tijen, publisher of The Limping Messenger and curator of  Imaginary Museum Projects.



Two days ago I went to a combined theatre performance and action meeting in the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam in support of the the Libyan migrant Ahmed Al-J. who has been at the center of years of court cases and juridical and technical researches about a fatal fire on October 27, 2005 in a detention center at Schiphol airport for migrants, waiting for the result of their appeal against planned extradition. Ahmed had at first been labeled by the court as the main culprit, because of a burning cigaret in his cell that set the whole section of the center aflame an left 11 people dead. Recently he has been acquited of this charge, as a whole series of management and construction mistakes have come to light, as result of a series of inquiries and counter-inquiries. I will not further detail this case too much here as the facts are widely known by now. The incessant support for the traumatized migrants by several action groups (of which at least two should be mentioned here Migrant To Migrant/M2M and All Included), lawyers and some politicians, have had some concrete results, but the essential question of who is to be held responsible for the fact that a single cigarette in a prison-like new facility can lead to so many victims, has still not been answered in a satisfactory way. Singling out the Libyan migrant and his cigaret has allowed to keep out of focus the planners, management and local authorities who have to control the safety of this detention facility (located at Schiphol Oost). Many see this as a form of scapegoating.

Observe this unfolding story in all its details at The Limping Messenger

ACTION: Banners WELCOME everywhere


The campaign FREE AHMED ISSA has launched a nationwide action to make and distribute banneres with WELCOME in as many languages, colours, places and shapes as we can. The start was Saturday 12th on the Museumplein.






Everywhere around Holland banners are appearing in public places.


The first banner was made on the day of the verdict (Sept. 3rd) in arab, saying



Say Welcome to Ahmed Issa, detained again to be deported to Libya

Welcome to all refugees, migrants and other egals

hospitality yes, exclusion no

please send the pictures of your contribution to m2m[at]

D-Day in Court

Today in the afternoon the judge will read the verdict against Ahmed Issa, accused of seting fire in his cell.
The camapign FREE AHMED ISSA has staged a big welcome in front of court. We may have to defend his freedom again, because even if he is acquitted, he may be brought back to the detention complex, for being undocumented.
We don’t believe the IND and the Ministry of Justice will go to such an extreme, but how can we trust them?

The radical rapper Appa will perform on the street in front of the Palace of Justice, together with other actors and musicians.
And of course the Schiphol People are here. Together as one.

Come and join us at Prinsengracht 436 (near Leidseplein)
Send message of support to
Donate some cash for the costs to 4864527 of All Included,
Amsterdam, ref. Free AHMED ISSA.

After the verdict and the welcome ceremony we move to the Balie, around the corner across Leidseplein. Here we give a press conference and a theaterplay called “Donner“. It is a public confession by the ex-minister of Justice, who we claim is the first responsible for the Schiphol Fire.

M2M Radio will stream the event in De Balie live from ca. 3 p.m.

Trouw today published a short essay by philosopher Ernst van den Hemel.

The complete long text is at (in Dutch).
This essay is the start of a long due debate on how to deal with migrants in a human way.

On Tuesday November 3rd. the campaign organizes an “Illegal Tribunal”:  a re-thinking of the fire, from various angles, to learn and change.

In the evening the Schiphol People are invited for an Iftar meal by Assadaaka, a social volunteer association in the Indische Buurt.