From the Sea to the City – Initiative for a bottom-up European Migration Policy

On International Refugee Day, June 20, we launched the initiative From the Sea to the City together with other civil society organizations and cities (here the opening video). The initiative was born out of an alliance of different civil society organizations from all over Europe. We aim to reshape European Migration Policy starting from the cities and municipalities and based on human rights and solidarity.

A From the Sea to the City Conference, aimed at promoting an active role of cities in European migration policy, was to be held in Italy this summer under the chairmanship of Palermo with mayors, city representatives, European civil society actors, sea rescue NGOs and representatives of European institutions. Due to the worldwide Covid 19 crisis, the conference will be postponed until next year, but we are sticking to the goal of reaching a coordinated action to strengthen and promote existing and new initiatives between cities and civil society organizations on European Migration Policy. In order to achieve this goal, the initiative is organizing the first online panel “Solidarity Cities of Europe – How can we work together on progressive migration policy?” on 02.07.2020.

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As the German EU Council Presidency starts today, July 1st 2020, the initiative has developed the following demands for a new start in European Migration Policy:

  • Ensure protection of migrants´ and refugees´ lives & needs in the covid-19 crisis
  • Ensure an active role of cities and civil society organizations in the management of EU-Funds
  • Create safe arrivals and legal corridors to Europe
  • Ensure the access to fundamental rights and dignity for migrations and refugees arriving to European cities, from the right to seek asylum, and access to the social and health care system, to adequate housing and decent working conditions.

Until next year’s conference is realized, the initiative organizes a series of online panels along the demands. These online panels are public and free of charge.