Digital Mapping: Cities and civil society networks for a Welcoming Europe

Cities and municipalities across Europe have shown their voluntary willingness to welcome protection seekers in recent years. These welcoming municipalities are growing in number and, together with the many groups in civil society, they stand for a Europe of solidarity that respects human rights and takes responsibility for the protection of human lives. We are convinced that it is important to recognise theseto network across national borders and strengthen strategic partnerships. Only in this way can a coherent European strategy be developed that succeeds in sustainably changing European migration and asylum policy and bringing it into line with human rights.

To visualizewe have been working on a network map over the last few months.

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What is it all about?

The digital network map visualises relevant networks of municipalities and civil society actorsthat are committed to welcoming people seeking refuge in Europe. The networks were selected according to their thematic focus. We included networks working on the following topics: welcoming communities, alternative local-transnational relocation mechanisms and related topics such as migration, integration and asylum. We visualised over 1,000 actors and over 25 networks. Most of them are networks of cities and municipalities, others are civil society networks that work closely with cities and city networks. However, there are also networks in which both municipalities and civil society organisations are represented.


All functions can be accessed on our map at Graph Commons .


This interactive visualisation pursues several goals: Firstly, relevant networks and their members for stakeholders civil society, municipalities, scientists and activists are made visible and accessible. The map shows the existing connections between different networks and visualises relevant actors. Secondly, the map can be used as a tool toto connect key players and forge strategic partnerships between networks of cities, municipalities and civil society across Europe. At the same time, the tool is intended to make visible the large number of European players who are willing to work towards change and are already actively committed to an open Europe.

How does it work?

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You can zoom in and out on the map to explore the various networks, their members and the connections between them.

Each Colour stands for a different category of actors.

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

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

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'Moving Cities' is the first mapping that provides in-depth research on 28 solidarity cities and their approaches to welcoming migrants and refugees, combined with a general overview of welcoming cities in Europe. It presents 50 inspiring and local approaches in more detail and provides an overview of around 750 European cities and networks that are committed to a solidarity-based migration policy.

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This map visualises the more than one thousand municipalities in Europe that have shown solidarity and declared their willingness to take in asylum seekers and refugees since 2015. The map is updated on an ongoing basis. The data collected is based on 1) news and secondary research, 2) statements from mayors/councillors 3) networks of welcoming cities.

It is managed by the Greens/EFA.