And a new, humane policy on migration
In early March 2020, following weeks of violence and political upheaval across the Aegean Islands, Action for Education, together with a coalition of other grassroots NGOs and civil society organisations published an Open Letter to Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel and EU Member Heads of State.
We demanded the urgent decongestion of the hotspot camps on the Aegean Islands, humane reception conditions, and a far greater level of cooperation between Member States.
In little over 2 weeks, 160 NGOs rallied around these demands, as well as prominent MEPs and 100,000 people across Europe.
In a few short weeks, the Europe Must Act project was born.
What we're doing
Together with a coalition of other groups, we're pursuing a number of strategies and implementing numerous campaigns to bring attention to the crisis on the Aegean Islands and demand that 4 years of inhumane policy following the EU-Turkey Agreement ends right now.
In late March 2020, we ran 10 Days of Activism, in which hundreds of activists came together to demonstrate their support for a radically new system.
In early April, we met with the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, communicating our key demands and pressurising her for urgent action in light of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the coming months, we'll be continuing to put pressure on EU leaders and Member States.