Champion the right to asylum more publicly

A placard bearing the slogan “Refugees welcome” will be hanging from the City Hall’s façade for several days as from 16 March. And the EU flag will be flying at half-mast as a sign of support for refugees.

The placard hanging from the façade will also show the logo of the “Barcelona, refuge city” plan that was launched in September 2015 to in response to the refugee crisis and which calls on states to comply, among other measures, with the most basic rules of human rights.

In fact, the placard has been hung to mark the agreements reached with three cities dealing with a large volume of refugees: Athens, Lesbos and Lampedusa. The goal, what is more, is to publicise Barcelona’s intention to address the EU before the important summit taking place on 17 March at the European Commission regarding the future of Europe’s asylum policy.

EU flags will also be flying at half-mast as a sign of protest over Europe’s refugee-asylum policy and in line with an initiative from Badalona City Council, which has called on other local authorities to join the protest.

Organisations have called for people to light candles at Plaça de Sant Jaume on 16 March, at 9 pm, in protest against the agreement between the EU and Turkey to stem the tide of refugees.