An urgently needed reform of the European migration and asylum system has been pending for years. However, the reform proposals now being negotiated by the EU institutions do not provide for sufficient improvements in human rights and humanitarian due diligence obligations . Due to the growing complexity of the issue, sustainable, fast and agile solutions are needed. We see ourselves as an idea incubator for innovative approaches in EU migration policy and offer a platform for collaborative processes and projects.
Europe urgently needs a medium- and long-term strategy that treats the arrival of protection seekers and migrants not as a crisis but also as an opportunity and prioritizes the protection of fundamental rights. People are still dying on their way to Europe or have to endure inhumane conditions at Europe's external borders. The EU institutions urgently need to agree on a real reform of the common European migration policy. Current compromise solutions between nation states, as they are also the basis of the reform proposals of the EU institutions, lead to an undermining of the standards of international law and the rights of migrants and refugees in the EU. The reform proposals of the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the Council of the EU, which will be negotiated in the near future, are characterized by deterrence and isolation and do not offer a sustainable and human rights-based solution.
We do not see immigration and flight as a threat, but as a humanitarian task as well as a political opportunity and want to give new momentum to European migration and asylum policy. By tackling challenges pragmatically, responsibly, and in solidarity, we develop new ambitious concepts and projects for safe migration and escape routes to the European Union benefit both protection seekers and migrants as well as local actors. For this purpose, we also use data-based, innovative tools such as algorithms. Our proposed solutions are oriented towards the medium and long term and aim to bring about a change in thinking.
We see ourselves as a platform that brings together different actors on the topic of municipal reception and integration. together, in order to Europe-wide theory into practice to into practice. For this we support the Vnetting of European municipalities, to their Sichtability for the EU decision-makers as well as their political Stimme. In addition, we accompany we actively support the development of strategicn partnerships between municipal networks and transnational civil society initiatives. initiatives, in particular the International Safe Ports Alliance (IASH) and the network "From The Sea To The City" (FSTC) with our expertise and pioneering ideas, such as learning-based campaigning.
In recent years, more and more European cities and municipalities have declared, Protection seekers proactively welcome. These progressive communities stand for a Europe of solidarity that respects human rights and takes responsibility for the protection of human lives. These communities can play an important role in overcoming migration policy challenges. As think&do Tank, we therefore pursue a participative municipal approach in asylum and migrationpolicy.
We propose for this a Governance-concept that is based on a direct relocation (redistribution) of refugees from Europe's external borders to receptive European communities. A algorithm-based Matching-process can play play a central rolein order to the needs of the protection seekers and the offers of the municipalities willing to take them in, and to bring them into the best possible agreement. This concept for a pragmatic and participatory EU-relocation is being tested we concretely im Re:Match pilot project and test it for possible scalability. We are convinced that hands-on projects can be successful due to their learning by doing- dynamics strengthen constructive policy proposals and thus lead to multifaceted and sustainable improvements in migration governance can contribute.
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