33 European cities sign 'alliance of safe harbours' declaration

A network of 'solidarity cities' that is willing and ready to welcome more refugees is growing in size and has adopted a statement setting out their demands.

"33 European cities sign 'alliance of safe harbours' declaration

"An international network of cities is advocating for the just distribution of refugees and migrants in the European Union. During a founding conference in Italy, they articulated their vision of a welcoming Europe.

On Friday (June 25), 33 European cities signed a declaration [pdf] in the Italian city of Palermo to establish the "International Alliance of Safe Harbours". All signees are united in their willingness to take in more refugees and migrants. 

"Cities that are willing to take in more people should be allowed to do so voluntarily," said Mike Schubert, the mayor of Potsdam in Germany, one of the cities that co-signed the declaration. 

"With the new network, we want to provide speedy relief for the cities along the Mediterranean," the Social Democrat politician said."

Source: InfoMigrants, 28 June 2021


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