Petition for a Welcoming Europe

Why a European Citizens' Initiative?

Sadly, the financial means to support refugees are often lacking and municipalities are struggling with diminishing budgets for integration.

Furthermore, we believe that the rights of refugees need to be better protected. This is particularly pressing at the EU’s external borders, where refugees get stuck and are exploited.

To achieve a positive change, we take part in the European Citizens’ Initiative to convince the European Union to take action.

We ask the European Commission:

  • Provide financial support to citizens and initiatives helping refugees to integrate;
  • Prohibit Member States from punishing citizens who provide assistance to a refugee;
  • Protect the victims of human rights violations, human trafficking and exploitation at our borders by setting up an effective complaints mechanism.

We have until 15 February, 2019 to reach 1 million signatures (19.500 in The Netherlands). Contribute to a more Welcoming Europe, your voice will make a difference!

Read more about the petition to promote the integration and protection of refugees in Europe or sign now (below).

Sign the petition!

Partners of 'A Welcoming Europe'

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Call to action

Do you want to join the hundreds of civil society organisations across Europe and become a partner organisation with #WelcomingEurope campaign: the first European Citizens’ Initiative to protect our right to help migrants and demand the EU to end the criminalisation of solidarity across Europe?

Send an email to Lilly.Brouwer[at] and she will follow up on your request.