Visualisation: Cities and civil society networks for a Welcoming Europe

To access all functions of the map visit our map at Graph Commons.

What is it?

The digital network map visualizes relevant networks of municipalities and civil society actors engaged in the effort of welcoming people seeking sanctuary in Europe. The networks were selected according to their thematic focus: welcoming municipalities, alternative local-transnational relocation mechanisms and related topics of migration, integration, and asylum. We mapped over 1.000 actors and over 25 networks. Most of them are networks of cities and municipalities, thers are civil society networks working closely with cities and city-networks. Other networks are mixed. Most networks are active in the European Union, some on international, other only on national level.


The interactive mapping tool has several goals: firstly, it wants to make relevant networks and their members visible and accessible to actors from civil society, municipalities, researchers, and activists. The map shows the already existing interconnections between different networks and visualizes relevant actor. Secondly, the map can be used as a tool to connect relevant actors and to build strategic partnerships between networks of cities, municipalities, and civil society all over Europe. At the same time, the tool wants to visualize the large number of European actors that are willing to see change and are already actively working for a welcoming Europe.

How does it work?

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Navigate throught the map and zoom in and out to explore the different networks, actors and interconnections between them.

Each color represents a different category of actor.

Click on a network (blue dots) to find out more about it and its members.

Click on a municipality (green color) or a civil society actor (red color) to see in which networks they are involved.

If you open the visualisation in a new window, you will find a info and filter function in the top right corner.

Find instructions how to use further functions of the map here.

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The “Moving Cities Map” showcases successful local approaches to migration and inclusion across the whole of Europe. It is the first mapping exercise to provide in-depth research on 28 progressive Solidarity Cities in ten European countries and their strategies for welcoming migrants and refugees. It also presents 50 of their most inspiring local initiatives and provides an overview of roughly 750 active European cities and their most extensive networks with other cities.

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This map wants to showcase the solidarity that over a thousand municipalities in Europe have demonstrated and their w illingness to welcome asylum-seekers and refugees since the start of the migration crisis in 2015. This map is an ever-expanding work and is continuously being updated. The data collected are based on 1- news outlets and desk research, 2- declarations of mayors / councillors and motions for resolutions and 3- networks of welcoming cities.

It is runned by the Greens/EFA.