Oxford must pledge to relocate asylum seekers from the Aegean hotspot camps in Greece!

Oxford must pledge to relocate asylum seekers from the Aegean hotspot camps in Greece!

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Europe Must Act. started this petition to Damian Halliwell and

To Damian Halliwell, Mayor of Oxford, Council Members and Citizens of Oxford,

OXFORD MUST PLEDGE TO RELOCATE REFUGEES FROM THE AEGEAN HOTSPOT CAMPS IN GREECE!

There is a humanitarian crisis taking place at Europe’s borders. 40,000 asylum seekers are currently trapped on the Aegean islands, forced to live in overcrowded camps with limited medical services and inadequate sanitary facilities. These inhumane conditions are the result of 5 years of neglectful EU policies. 

Even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU leaders have remained indifferent or hesitant to act. The EU Commission has promised to relocate 1600 unaccompanied minors. A step in the right direction, but not good enough. The horrendous conditions in the Aegean camps make all inhabitants, regardless of age or health, extremely vulnerable. EU leaders need a wake-up call. 

Europe cannot stand by and leave behind these children, women and men in such camps. 

We have the moral obligation to act: Europe Must Act! 

In order to save lives, the camps on the Aegean islands must be completely evacuated. On the 30th of March, the Mayor and citizens of Berlin pledged to take in 1,500 refugees. Now we are asking cities and towns across Europe to join Berlin in offering sanctuary to the refugees stuck in overcrowded camps on the Greek mainland and islands. 

Will Oxford join with other European cities to demonstrate its commitment to basic human rights by pledging to resettle an exact number of refugees in their jurisdiction? 

Pledges from cities across the UK and Europe cannot be ignored by Westminster or EU leaders. Together, we can send a clear signal that Europe is willing and able to act on its humanitarian values and provide shelter to those who seek refuge from war and persecution. 

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