A Conference of Cities for a Welcoming Europe
25-26 June 2021
We are delighted to finally announce the dates of this upcoming conference that will take place in Palermo and online!
The conference ‘From the Sea to the City’ will bring together mayors, city representatives and civil society from all over Europe that advocate for safe passage in order to open up opportunities for practical, open-minded solutions which place human rights at the center of the future migration politics.
As part of the From the See to the City Consortium, we are happy to launch our first common publication with key recommendations and best practices in the field of European migration addressing EU representatives, civil society, mayors and city representatives.
On World Refugee Day, June 20, 2020, the initiative From the Sea to the City launched a campaign for a human rights-based EU refugee policy. Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the conference of European cities and civil society planned for this summer in Palermo had to be postponed to April 16 & 17, 2021. To ensure that the time until then can still be used efficiently, the initiative is organizing several online panels around the five demands of the consortium for a new approach to EU refugee policy.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recently refused the admission of refugees by the State of Berlin, citing the Dublin III regulation and the lack of national uniformity. The president of the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, together with Prof. Dr. Helmut Philipp Aust, professor for Public Law
Participation often takes place where citizens know they can immediately change something. Ada Colau postulates the ‘politics of proximity’ as strategic advantage of cities and sees it likewise as their duty to deliver on that promise. How does participation take place when spatial proximity in times of Covid-19