VIA – Verband für interkulturelle Arbeit e.V. in cooperation with borderline europe – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V.
Based on OpenStreetMap the „Refugees Welcome Map“ is intended to function as an interactive map. It depicts the multiple activities of the European civil society for refugees relief and also bundles them to create a network of grassroots movements regionally as well as accross borders.
War, terror, poverty: There are 50 million refugees, more than ever since world war 2. The rich EU answers with closing boarders and the latest technology of armament. The European strategy focusses on deterrence and the death of thousands of human beings as a 'collateral damage' is a macabre part of it. The „Refugees Welcome Map“ is meant to contribute to the defence of the „European Values“ and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights against this kind of asylum policy.
If legal or not – a lot of refugees will stay here with us for a long time or forever. Therefore it's a crucial issue for the future whether we can really succeed in incorporating them in the European societies. This project is also meant to contribute to integration and diversity management.
We want to establish the „Refugees Welcome Map“ within Europe. It would be a great success if a lot of people from all around would participate to fill the map with addresses of grassroots movements.
This collection could visualise the whole spectrum of refugee aid and activities against racism, vilolence, discrimination or against the „Fortress Europe“. It intends to
- give information, where and what kind of help is offered and in which way volunteers can participate,
- serve as a regional information and networking project
- create a trans-regional or transnational network, in order to accompany asylum seeking humans even across borders,
- create a European grid out of many individual projects to get a strong voice in the discussion about asylum policy in the EU and the EU states.
Basic are the IT-solutions: We need an application for OpenStreetMap with registry of locations ordered by categories, a database, a login and a user administration, a content-management-system to handle the acceptance and administration of registry, a search in database, a web-portal with a functional web-design. Data security is very important, we need good protection against abuse or web-hacking.
All has to be equipped for many languages, every content has to be translated.
Widespread public relation activities are necessary to establish the project. Moreover we will invite important NGO's from the domain of aid and policy on refugees to become partners. We will also offer school projects on the subject of escape, forced migration and human destiny especially of refugee children.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We would be glad about any suggestions, comments or criticism that lead to improvements.