On 21 October 2021 a new online platform “Moving Cities” was launched: a mapping that shows that more than 700 cities from all over Europe support solidarity-based migration policies and a platform that offers an insight into progressive European solidarity cities and their strategies for welcoming migrants and refugees. The website presents detailed research on 28 progressive solidarity-cities in ten European countries and their strategies for welcoming migrants and refugees.
The platform is especially aimed at municipal employees, local politicians, and civil society activists, who are involved in solidarity-cities and are looking for suggestions and strategies for changing migration politics in their locals.
Cities of Refuge PhD researcher Sara Miellet was involved in this mapping project and wrote the city profiles for the three Dutch cities that feature on the website: Tilburg, Amsterdam and Utrecht.
To celebrate the launch of the platform, the project initiators and supporters, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Seebrücke organized an online conference "A different migration policy is possible" on the 21 October 2021, 10:00 a.m. (CEST).
Speakers at the conference were, among others, Tareq Alaows (expert on asylum and migration policy), Anna Lisa Boni (Secretary General of the EUROCITIES network of cities), Katja Dörner (Mayor of the City of Bonn) and our Cities of Refuge project coordinator, Prof. Barbara Oomen.
The event took place on Zoom. The whole program can be found here
The Moving Cities website is www.moving-cities.eu.