Guidelines for cities on the role of culture in the integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

In May 2015 EUROCITIES published a statement on the important role European cities play in receiving and integrating asylum seekers, refugees and other beneficiaries of international protection. The statement on cities and asylum stresses the responsibility of ‘all cities to ensure that asylum seekers settle in well for the duration of their stay, however short or long’.

Open letter from European mayors to EU leaders on World Refugee Day

European cities located in arrival, transit and destination countries are experiencing the social, humanitarian and financial challenges of the current asylum crisis. On 13 May, we published our political statement on asylum. Our statement was developed by our working group migration and integration with input from all social affairs forum working groups. We stress the important role European cities play in receiving and integrating asylum seekers, refugees and other beneficiaries of protection. We call for a comprehensive EU migration policy that recognises the challenges faced by cities and local level solutions.

EUROCITIES statement on asylum in cities

The number of asylum seekers in Europe is rising due to armed conflicts and political instability mainly in the Middle East and Africa. While the overwhelming majority of forcedly displaced persons seek asylum in countries bordering conflict zones, more and more people are exercising their right to seek international protection and to reach Europe. The increased securitisation of the European external borders has made it harder for refugees to seek protection through legal and safe routes. This has resulted in an increased number of refugees risking and losing their lives in their efforts to reach Europe. The trend of people seeking asylum protection in Europe cannot solely be considered an emergency situation but needs to be addressed as a structural issue requiring structural and effective measures that take human rights into consideration.