The number of displaced persons around the world in recent years is comparable only to figures seen at the end of the Second World War and has triggered a severe crisis of the European refugee and migration policies. The European Union risks jeopardising the founding principles commonly agreed on and written in the EU Treaties, which include the Charter of Fundamental Rights and compliance with international law. Despite a cry for help from progressive actors all around Europe, we still see continued violations of human rights and hostility towards migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
In this context, GEF strives to focus its efforts on combatting the insufficiency of EU migration and asylum policies and on supporting the citizens, associations and policymakers engaged in the defence of a diverse and welcoming Europe. The foundation puts forward proposals and identifies best practices which not only counter the discourses and policies of fear but also lay down the fundamentals for living together in a Europe of solidarity and democracy.