Should I stay or should I go?


Should I stay or should I go? According to the latest EU statistics, more than 60 percent of Europeans make at least one trip abroad every year. Even though the choice between staying or leaving is being normalized through the standard culture of traveling and The Clash, it’s a decision that can run as deeply as people’s roots.

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Illustration /  Eddie Stok  for Are We Europe

Illustration / Eddie Stok for Are We Europe


17 million Europeans now work or live in another EU-member state. That’s why we take a step back and look at migration from a more holistic perspective. You only see the uprooting effects of migration if you combine the perspective of those who leave, stay behind, and welcome others.

At Are We Europe, we create cross-border journalism that analyzes broader issues like migration and climate change from multiple European perspectives. This is our response to the mainstream, day-to-day news of most national media.

Our response to the news

We write about countries like Bosnia, where people are confronted with the decision to stay or go on a daily basis. Out of a population of 3.5 million, more than 86,000 Bosnians have acquired a different nationality since 1996.

We visited Moldova and saw how you can also feel betrayed if you’re the only one to stay behind, like the 28-year old Aliona:


With Britain soon to sever its ties with the EU, tens of thousands of people face the possibility of losing their right to work in the UK, not to mention being forced out of the country that they share with their partner.

Separation explores the angst and myriad emotions experienced by London-based couples who, as a result of Brexit, have been forced to contemplate being forced apart.

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