'Poto', 'Lola', 'Miguel': the Congolese use different names when they talk about Europe in general and Belgium in particular. In Congo, as in Belgium, relations between the two countries are ambiguous: while Congolese accuse Belgians of exploiting Congo for their own profit and of acting racist toward Congolese in Belgium, Belgium remains a desired destination for many of them.

Today, many descendants of Congolese who played a historic role in the country's independence live in Belgium, such as the children and grandchildren of Congolese representatives to the Brussels Round Table 50 years ago.