From Turkey, to Greece to the Western Balkans – the South-East of Europe plays a crucial role, when it comes to migration to and within Europe. This part of Europe serves as an entry point or a corridor but more and more also as a host region, in which people are de facto stuck. Increasingly the recent years have brought challenges throughout the region for both, people on the move as well as host communities. Many of these challenges are common within this part of Europe despite all other differences: growing pressure against and shrinking space for migrants and those showing solidarity with them and the absence of a functioning and effective human rights oriented EU migration policy. We believe that capacities and resilience to face these challenges can be enhanced through networking, mutual learning and synergies across borders. Therefore, we try to connect and thereby strengthen refugees, migrants and host communities as well as civil society throughout the region. At the same time, we support their voices and perspectives being heard and taken into consideration by EU decision makers.

Truly Indispensable! The Geneva Refugee Convention at 70

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Refugee Convention (GRC) it seems more important than ever, to bring the Convention’s indispensable importance for refugee protection back to the attention of policy makers and a broader public.

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Moving Cities: Another migration policy is possible

The “Moving Cities” website is a platform that brings together in a network around 700 cities and communities across Europe, which defend refugees’ rights and operate an active policy of welcome, often in opposition to the national governments. To mark the launch of the website, an online event was organised, which you can watch in the video.

Bridges - Encounters on Migration and Asylum in Europe #2 Parliament in Exile. Afghan Women’s Resilience and the EU's Responsibility to Act

"Bridges" is about bringing together different people on relevant questions on migration and asylum in Europe. With Nazifa Yusufi Bek, elected member of the Afghan parliament, and Hannah Neumann, member of European Parliament.

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This policy paper assesses the effects of the EU Turkey Refugee Agreement for Greece, Turkey and the European Union. It provides an overview of the 2015 context and the development of the agreement and analyses its repercussions in the region as well as for the EU as a whole. It concludes that the EU needs a strong alternative to the current agreement with Turkey, which is rights-based and sustainable.

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