In 2016, the Green European Foundation (GEF), together with Fundació Nous Horitzons (Catalonia), Green Institute Greece, Fundación EQUO (Spain), Green Economics Institute (UK) and Institute for Political Ecology (Croatia) developed the first phase of a transnational project to highlight the status quo of migration policies at the local level, while considering the national and European dimensions.
The project consisted of a set of events, organised by the above-mentioned institutions, aimed at identifying the main challenges in ensuring the wellbeing of migrants and asylum seekers in Europe, and concluded with a final report that laid the groundwork for its continuation in 2017. This report, whose author participated in the 6 events organised in 5 countries between May and September 2016 in Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), Germany (Berlin and Munich), United Kingdom (Oxford) and Greece (Athens), had a twofold objective:
Firstly, it summarises the main findings from debates held within the GEF transnational migration project involving a wide range of actors, from policy-makers, civil society and refugees themselves;
Secondly, it provides an analytical view of the divergent trajectories of the debate to identify a solid common ground and to build a narrative that would precede new policy proposals offered by the Green political family.
In its second year, this transnational project strives to further develop its findings from 2016 that identified the transboundary need for a change of narrative to disseminate the reality of migrants among society. The aim of this project is to empower migrants and give them a voice so they can be the narrators of their own stories and to counter the negative perception of migratory processes.