Too often the media talk about migrants in aggregated, impersonal terms. This article by N.Nielsen is an exception. It presents several mini-case studies of economic migrants in Brussels and brings to the fore some of the subjective reasons for why the migrants put up with their situation. A lot remains to be said about the problem of adaptive preferences (Elster) which leads people to justify and assess the things that happen to them in relation to their prior experience (i.e., migrants may be putting up with bad treatment because it is comparatively better on some level than their life was in their home country). Still, it is important to acknowledge this side of the story.