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 civil society groups, 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 network these actors across countries and to 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 visualizethe many existing networks of welcoming cities, municipalities, and civil society, a digital, interactive network map was created as part of this project.
The aim of the project was to identify and connect relevant actors and to build strategic partnerships between networks of cities and municipalities and transnational civil society networks. The map gives actors from civil society, municipalities, researchers and activists an overview of existing networks and actors at the European level and shows possibilities for new alliances. At the same time, the visualization tool shows policy makers that many European actors are ready to bring about change and are already actively engaged in doing so.
The digital network map visualizes relevant networks working to welcome refugees in Europe. The networks were selected according to their thematic focus: host communities, alternative local-transnational relocation programs, and related topics such as migration, integration, and asylum. Additional features of the map can be found on Graph Commons .
MOVING CITIES is the first organisation that provides in-depth research on 28 welcoming cities and their approaches in welcoming migrants and refugees. It presents 50 inspiring local approaches in detail and provides an overview of 750 European cities and networks that are committed to solidarity-based migration policies.