Europeans unite to uphold human rights and human dignity.
Tens of thousands of refugees are trying to reach the safe haven of Europe – too many have died, have been mistreated by authorities and exploited by people smugglers!
It is time for Europe to take decisive action, allowing refugees to enter the EU legally.
As immediate measures we call upon EU authorities and Member States to establish a special ferry service from the Turkish cities on the Aegean Sea to Greece and a direct special train service from Thessaloniki in Greece to Northern Europe.
70 years after the end of WWII Europe has to take decisive action to avoid another human tragedy.
Mark Blyth (Brown University)
Cecilia Bruzelius (Oxford University)
Lola Una Cardenas (Director at an EU Affairs company)
Elaine Chase (Oxford University)
Simon Deakin (Cambridge University)
Brendan Donnelly (Federal Trust)
Rebecca Ehata (Oxford University)
Joseph Feyertag (Economist)
David Gow (Social Europe)
Gernot Grumbach (Member of the State Parliament of Hesse)
Peter A. Hall (Harvard University)
David Held (Durham University)
Gustav A. Horn (IMK at the Hans Böckler Stiftung)
Irene Johansen (MP Stortinget)
Paul A. Levine (Holocaust Historian)
Baroness Ruth Lister (UK House of Lords)
Denis MacShane (Former UK Europe Minister)
Anand Menon (King’s College London)
Henning Meyer (Social Europe)
Theresia Mikolasch (Doctor)
Isobel Murray (Retired Academic)
Deborah Nash (Partner at an EU Affairs company)
Richard Norton-Taylor (Writer and Journalist)
Lesley Katherine O’Donnell (Retired NGO Director)
Jacqueline O’Reilly (Brighton University)
George Pagoulatos (Athens University of Economics and Business)
Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
Jan Pronk (Former Dutch Minister)
Cecile Rotureau (Senior Consultant at an EU Affairs company)
Vivien A. Schmidt (Boston University)
Gesine Schwan (Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform)
Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (Oxford University)
Barbara Spinelli (MEP)
Guy Standing (SOAS and Co-founder Basic Income Earth Network)
Bob Tait (Retired Academic)
Polly Toynbee (Journalist at The Guardian)
Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University)
Beate Woerl (Project Manager)
Fay Young (Writer)
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