Options for action to strengthen municipalities in accepting refugees and in immigration policy
All over Europe, municipalities and cities are networking in order to work together to develop new solutions for national and global tasks. It is remarkable how the municipalities go beyond the actual tasks of local politics in their demands and want to take on responsibility where they no longer expect the EU and national states to take timely and effective steps in the face of current challenges.
Many new city networks and municipal alliances have emerged in immigration policy in recent years: the international Mayors Forum, which has become an integral part of the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), and the Marrakech Declaration in December 2018 has published; the Eurocities network with its Solidarity Cities and Integration Cities, the International Cities of Refuge network and many more.
European cities and municipalities show with their willingness to accept again and again that the commitment to human rights is a cross-cutting task at all political levels and therefore also part of local politics. The willingness of municipalities to accept is not intended to question the individual right to a fair and thorough state asylum procedure, but rather to provide a solution to the central conflict over the European distribution of asylum seekers.
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Autor: Ansgar Gilster, Dr. Malisa Zobel, Felix Burgsmüller, Katharina Stamm, Liza Pflaum, Sascha Schießl