Since our governments are struggling to handle migration, we – European citizens, students, volunteers, families, unions and communities of faith from all walks of life – have stepped in to help.

But our right to help is being criminalised as thousands of Europeans have been fined or arrested for simply offering humanitarian assistance to people fleeing persecution.

This is not the Europe that we want. Together we can reclaim those acts for what they are: reflecting our European and human values of community, compassion and kindness.

This is why we have joined forces to launch the first European Citizens’ Initiative to empower a #WelcomingEurope and reclaim our right to help. Through this direct democracy tool, we can compel the European Commission and Parliament to respond to our demands.

Ask the European Commission to:

  • Ban the criminalisation of solidarity in member states
  • Support European citizens who want to offer safety to people fleeing persecution
  • Guarantee effective access to justice to all victims of exploitation and abuse



Important Notice: Your information is firstly encrypted (so no one can access it) and is stored temporarily on a secure server in Germany. Once enough signatures have been collected in your country, they are handed over to the officials in your country who will officially verify the signatures. Once the ECI has ended, #WelcomingEurope campaign will destroy all the extra information supplied for the purposes of this ECI. The campaign’s ability to perform these tasks securely has been certified according to the requirements of the European Union. All EU data protection rules and law apply.