19 June 2024

Johan Leman

Some young Belgian-Moroccans are seeking their future in Morocco

At the end of the 1980s, the first important message disseminated by the Royal Commissioner for Immigrant Policy was that people of Moroccan and Turkish origin would permanently remain in […]

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13 June 2024

Johan Leman

What were the causes of the focus on Islam among the Muslim migrants?

You can’t miss it: if you listen to the workers of Moroccan and Turkish origin who arrived in Brussels between 1964 and 1974, they all, without exception, say that concern […]

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8 June 2024

Johan Leman

Important external influences on the integration of immigrants

Something that is often forgotten is that external influences, completely unrelated to the policies pursued in our country, can have very fundamental influences on the way immigrants integrate. I limit […]

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2 June 2024

Johan Leman

1960s: Characteristics of Moroccan and Turkish migrations to Brussels

Based on the 70 detailed interviews I held with people from that period until today, I remember not only many similarities, but also some differences in their migration scenario. I […]

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25 May 2024

Johan Leman

Migration scenario between 1960 and 1974

I have currently conducted and re-listened to 50 interviews with Belgo-Moroccans and 20 interviews with Belgo-Turks who were actively themselves migrants or children of migrants in the 1960s. A few […]

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17 May 2024

Johan Leman

Let us bring the icon Vaartkapoen back to Molenbeek

Friday 17 May, 16:00 hours. In one week, 545 people have signed the petition to have a small iconic statue put back in its place, once the works on the […]

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12 May 2024

Johan Leman

Iconic statues

You expect the statue of Breydel and De Coninck in Bruges, not in Ghent. You expect Jacob van Artevelde in Ghent, not in Bruges or Antwerp. Such statues do not […]

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2 May 2024

Johan Leman

The ‘vaartkapoen,’ an icon belonging to Molenbeek

In the 19th century, the Brussels canal did not follow its current course. The Charleroi – Brussels canal stopped at the Place Sainctelette. Since the 16th century, there was indeed […]

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25 April 2024

Johan Leman

The experience of Islam among Moroccan and Turkish migrants in the 1960s

As part of this research for the MMM museum, giving a voice to someone from that time or to one of their children, one of the questions I ask is […]

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23 April 2024

Johan Leman

What does “for” mean in “Molenbeek for Brussels 2030”?

Rest assured, this will be my last blog post regarding “Molenbeek for Brussels 2030.” Like many others in Molenbeek’s community organizations, I don’t want it to seem like Foyer is […]

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