We Are A Welcoming Europe
In 2017 we agreed to cooperate on an European Citizen's initiative entitled "We are a welcoming Europe" with the Migration Policy Group. "We are a welcoming Europe" was the first ECI on migration. It sought to compel the EU to change its migration policies and reclaimed our right to help migrants and refugees. WeMove Europe gGmBH gave MPG extensive advice on how to achieve the best possible participation of citizens in this ECI and also imparted our knowledge in the use of the OpenECI software.
The demands of "We are a welcoming Europe", as stated on the Migration Policy Group's website, were the following:
1) End the criminilisation of solidarity: no one should be prosecuted, punished or fined for offering humanitarian help to migrants and refugees. We want the EU to stop governments that are punishing volunteers.
2) Provide access to justice to migrant victims of abuse and exploitation: everyone has the right to justice. We want the EU to guarantee more effective ways and rules to defend migrant victims of labour exploitation and human rights abuses at our borders, regardless of their status.
3) Support citizens that want to sponsor refugees: citizens across Europe want to sponsor refugees to offer them a safe home and a new life. We want the EU to offer direct support to local groups that help refugees who are granted national visas.
WeMove assisted and advised the Migration Policy Group as to how best engage European citizens and get a high level of participation.
On 15 February 2018 "We are a welcoming Europe" was registered and led to the European Parliament adopting a resolution on guidelines for Member States to prevent humanitarian assistance from being criminalised on 5 July 2018.