Undocumented migrants and refugees are human beings, just like you. But sadly, far-right and nationalist forces across Europe scapegoat migrants using language that seeks to rid them of their humanity. It may win elections but it won't solve the problem, merely create more.
As we all know, the refugees' road to Europe is long and torturous and many perish along the way. Many of us, citizens of Europe, want to help those in need. But there are many cases of people who help that are being arrested, fined and intimidated, just for offering assistance in the direst of circumstances.
This is not the European Way! This is why we sympathise with the "Welcoming Europe" European Citizens Initiative, coming from NGO's all over Europe. (Uhm, what's an ECI? 🤷♀️🤷♂️)
We Europeans want to:
🛑 Stop governments that punish volunteers and civil society organisations for offering humanitarian help or shelter for refugees.
🇪🇺 Strive for more effective means to protect all victims of labour exploitation, crime across Europe and human rights abuses at our borders.
🎗 Support citizens who want to offer refugees a new a home and build a new life.
We have joined forces for a more humane Europe defined by community, compassion and kindness. Sign the ECI for a #WelcomingEurope!