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Campaign of the European Citizens Forum

Call to the Swiss communities: Take in refugees from the Greek islands.

The campaign was launched in support of evacuate NOW in early September 20020 and continues until today.

50,000 people across Switzerland, the national churches and over 130 organisations have supported the Easter Appeal of the campaign by Amnesty International, evacuate NOW and the Migration Charter, which calls for a swift evacuation of the Greek camps and a generous reception of refugees. Numerous politicians – across all party lines – have expressed their support. What counts is not party affiliation, but human conscience. Switzerland’s eight largest cities Zurich, Bern, Basel-Stadt, Lucerne, Winterthur, St. Gallen, Lausanne and Geneva have joined this appeal. Cities such as Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Wil (SG) have joined, as have smaller municipalities. All of them call on the federal authorities to do more to stop the misery on the Aegean islands and declare their willingness to welcome people currently held back there. This is not just a moral statement, but a concrete offer that the Federal Council should accept.

The communities are the foundation of our democracy!

The hope that the Federal Council would take note of the open attitude of these cities and municipalities has unfortunately not been fulfilled so far. Therefore, as many smaller towns and villages as possible throughout Switzerland should raise their voices. The more numerous they are, the more it will become clear that there is a will everywhere in our country to help the refugees. At the same time, the chances increase that the Federal Council will finally come to its senses and act humanely. It could already take action today. Contrary to Federal Councillor Keller-Suter’s statements, the legal basis for this already exists today. Therefore, we, the residents of the municipality XYZ, demand from our municipal authorities:

  • to declare their willingness to take in people from the Greek islands,
  • to communicate this decision publicly and to forward it to the Federal Council.

List of signatory municipalities

You can download the petition here and we invite you to disseminate it in your network. You can download a feedback card here or you can send us an email to the following address: ch@forumcivique.org. Thank you in advance for your commitment!

More information can be found on forumcivique.