Add your City
1. Put your city on the map:
Is your city taking a progressive approach to migration policy? Has it developed new ideas to assure safe arrival? Or is it actively lobbying to receive additional refugees? Let us know so we can put your city on the map! Please send the following information to info(at)moving-cities.eu:
What exactly is your city doing to improve the situation of refugees?
In which areas is your city particularly active (political participation of migrants and refugees, guarantee of residence, inclusion, access to health care, housing, etc.)?
Has your city declared itself a “Safe Haven”, “Solidarity City”, “City of Refugees”, or similar?
Is your city committed to a human rights-based and solidarity-based migration policy on a national and European level ?
You think your city should do more? Make your city a city of solidarity!
Step 1: Networking and finding allies
Network with other actors in your city, such as church congregations, housing associations, and other initiatives. Join forces in a broad coalition and make your collective demands on the city.
Step 2: Present your demands to the city council
Your demands (for your municipality to advocate on multiple levels for the better living conditions of refugees or to actively declare itself a city of solidarity) must make it onto the agenda of your city/municipal council so that it can be voted on. Bring a motion to the city council with your demands!
Step 3: Ensure the necessary majority!
Only motions or draft resolutions that receive a simple majority of votes in the council vote after deliberation will be adopted and considered legally binding. For this to happen, you must exert political pressure on council members to vote in favour of the motion. There are no limits to your creativity. The important thing is to create as much publicity and attention as possible!
For example, you could:
Collect signatures from citizens in your community to show councillors that their constituents support the motion and expect them to vote accordingly.
Talk to journalists to get them to cover the motion and your demands in the local press.
Write an open letter to the mayor in which you make your demands clear. Or use the citizen consultation hours that most mayors offer regularly.
Talk to undecided councillors to convince them to vote for the motion. Send letters to councillors and political groups.
Organise demos and rallies. The more people who take to the streets and show that they want to live in a municipality that is a Safe Haven, the better! That’s why you should organise demos and rallies in front of your city hall and demand the city government take responsibility.
Organise actions. Hang banners with your demands, organise a flash mob, a meeting of citizens, a vigil, or something similar. Lectures or panel discussions (for example, of people with experience as a refugee or as activists) will help to bring your concerns to a broad public.
Organise for the support and collaboration of other civil society actors, such as churches, trade unions, organisations, initiatives, and associations working in the area of refugee support, etc., in order to assure even more weight to your demands.