From the Sea to the City

In order to give new impetus to the EU's stalled asylum and migration reform, we are working on Europe-wide strategic partnerships between civil society initiatives and local actors who are committed to a progressive, solidarity-based and pragmatic EU migration policy.


From The Sea To The City (FSTC) is a European civil society network consisting of several NGOs and grassroots political initiatives. FSTC was founded at the end of 2019 with the aim of joining forces and promoting a fundamental change in EU migration policy that puts the human rights of refugees and host communities at the centre. As part of the network, the Berlin Governance Platform works closely with organisations such as Mediterranea and Moving Cities. All participating organisations and initiatives are active in the field of migration and anti-racism and share a vision of European migration policy in which European cities and municipalities should play a key role as important governance stakeholders. FSTC provides an exchange space for knowledge, contacts and strategies to support municipalities in taking an active role in European migration and refugee policy.

In June 2021, the network co-organised the conference "From the Sea to the City. A conference of cities for a welcoming Europe" in Palermo in June 2021. At the conference International Safe Haven Alliance (IASH), an informal network of European cities that work together for a more humanitarian approach to European asylum policy and more legal migration routes, as well as for European municipalities to have a say in the organisation of the European migration system. FSTC is actively involved in this project from a civil society perspective.


2019 – 2024


Schöpflin Foundation, Fund Action

A screenshot of the cover page of the publication "From the Sea to the City - Ideas good practices and next steps for a welcoming Europe. This first joint publication of the civil society network From the Sea to the City, which was co-founded by the Berlin Governance Platform, collects recommendations and best practices on the topic of European refugee reception. The recommendations were developed as part of a digital discussion series in 2020 and are primarily aimed at EU representatives, mayors, representatives of local authorities and civil society.

More projects

  • Logo and a municipality from the Berlin Governance Platform's Re:Match pilot project in four colours. The individual pieces of the symbol match with the others to create a matching whole.

    Re:Match - needs-based and individualised relocation of protection seekers via algorithm-based matching

    Re:Match is piloting a needs-based and individualised relocation of people seeking protection via algorithm-based matching in municipalities ready to accept them as an innovative contribution to a human rights-based European migration policy.
  • This header image shows a symbol for networking in the colours of the Berlin Governance Platform over a picture of a municipality. The project for this is in the area of migration and is called Networks for a Welcoming Europe.

    Networks for a Welcoming Europe

    In a map, actors and networks in the field of migration in Europe were identified and networked, and strategic partnerships were established.
  • Photo of participants in the trialogue "Nutrition, health and social cohesion"

    Trialogue series Social Cohesion

    As part of BUA's "Grand Challenge Social Cohesion" initiative, the three- part trialogue series "Social Cohesion" was held in late summer and fall 2022. The focus was on the transdisciplinary exchange of 6 Exploration Projects [...]
  • Accommodation for refugees in Berlin

    How can refugees find adequate and affordable housing in Berlin? In the midst of a tight housing market and numerous barriers to access, we are developing ideas for possible solutions with policymakers, civil society and the real estate industry.
  • CERV project Cities4Refugees


    Cities4Refugees is a project consortium consisting of the European cities of Berlin, Villeurbanne and Zagreb, as well as the NGOs Berlin Governance Platform, BBAG and Studio Rizoma. The two-year project aims to develop a strategic [...]
  • On a map of Europe, tokens are placed on which "Municipal Development" can be read. The Berlin Governance Platform's Municipal Integration and Development Initiative in the Migration Sector project has developed several concepts and projects in this area.

    Municipal integration and development initiative

    The Municipal Integration and Development Initiative (MIDI) starts at the local level and develops governance concepts in which municipalities play a central role. A joint, participatory organisation of municipal development [...]
  • From the Sea to the City

    From The Sea To The City (FSTC) is a European civil society network consisting of several NGOs and grassroots political initiatives. Together, we campaign in the European public sphere with the help of innovative [...]
  • The European Integration and Development Fund

    Municipalities that agree to take in people seeking protection should be incentivised financially. To this end, we propose the establishment of an EU fund to which municipalities can apply directly for financial resources [...]