Solidarity Cities of Europe


Solidarity Cities of Europe - How can we work together on progressive migration policy? While the EU and Europe's national governments double down on migration deterrence at any cost, more and more cities across Europe are becoming the agents of change for a solidarity Europe, taking responsibility for

Digital Conference “Potentials and Limitations of Subnational Responses to the Migrant Question in Europe”

Digital Venue

The international conference “Potentials and Limitations of Subnational Responses to the Migrant Question in Europe” is organized by the Greek Organization Inter Alia and supported by “From the Sea to the City”-Initiative, of which the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform is a founding member. The conference brings together mayors and local representatives, EU policy makers, civil society and researchers to discuss EU migration politics and policies beyond the framework of nation-states, including local governance institution.

Resilience and Resources at the local level: How European funding can contribute to a more solidarity-based narrative about refugees


The Online-Conference "Resilience and Resources at the local level: How European funding can contribute to a more solidarity-based narrative about refugees.", moderated by Dr. Malisa Zobel from the Municipal Integration and Development Initiative (MIDI) of the HVGP, takes place this Thursday, March 18, from 16:30 to 17:30 (CET).

The European Integration and Development Fund – A progressive approach towards European solidarity

digitale Veranstaltung

The Integration and Development Fund aims to support cities and municipalities in offering reception and shelter for refugees while contributing to a more solidarity-based narrative and approach towards them. It aims to reimburse the cost of reception and integration while providing an equal amount of funding for urban and community development. Joint EU-funding of urban development and integration in a single fund as well as the direct transfer of funds to municipalities and cities raises legal and practical questions. Do the treaties of the EU allow for such a fund? And how does the fund need to be designed to be a useful and accessible tool for large as well as small towns and municipalities? To discuss these legal and practical challenges and possibilities, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is happy to invite you to our online discussion with European stakeholders and legal experts.


From the Sea to the City – a conference of cities for a welcoming Europe

From the Sea to the City - a Conference of Cities for a Welcoming Europe will bring together European mayors, city representatives, local stakeholders 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 centre of future migration politics.

From Moria to the municipalities of Lower Saxony? Panel discussion on the possibilities and limits of municipalities taking over responsibility (in German)


Über die letzten drei Jahre haben sich 50 Kommunen und Landkreise in Niedersachsen zu "Sicheren Häfen" erklärt und damit ihre Bereitschaft zur zusätzlichen Aufnahme schutzsuchender Menschen zum Ausdruck gebracht. Die Spielräume der Kommunen gelten jedoch als beschränkt, da die Kompetenz in der Asyl- und Migrationspolitik gemeinhin dem Bund und vor allem dem Bundesinnenministerium zugeschrieben wird. Dieses jedoch verweigert den Kommunen bislang eine aktivere migrationspolitische Rolle und die Möglichkeit direkter kommunaler Aufnahme über die festgelegten Verteilungsquoten hinaus.Was sind die Möglichkeiten kommunaler Mitgestaltung im migrationspolitischem Geschehen? Welche Handlungsspielräume bestehen aktuell und wie können die Kommunen in Zukunft Verantwortung übernehmen?

Webinar: Access to migration and integration funding for cities

  Municipalities have the lions share when it comes to migrant and refugee reception. They are responsible for providing housing, integration into local labor markets and social services such as health care, childcare, and education. Yet, they are notoriously short on funding and continue to be precluded from

Re:Match Project – Digital Kick-Off Event for Municipalities


The project Re:Match aims to pilot a matching mechanism for refugees from Ukraine and German municipalities and thus offer a solution to the challenges in the reception and (European) relocation of these people. For this purpose, criteria such as communal infrastructure, housing and labour market, as well as family ties should be be considered when relocating people from Ukraine. Re:Match wants to work closely with 10 to 15 German municipalities to develop relevant criteria for an algorithm-based matching procedure and to match 100 to 150 people with partner municipalities in the best possible way. We are looking for municipalities who want to engage in a innvative concept with us!