Criminalisation of migration and solidarity

Support for those affected / Case work
We work across Europe with people affected (e.g. #Paros3, #Samos2, Iuventa Crew) and support them or their family members in connecting them with relevant actors, such as finding trustworthy lawyers in the specific location, during their trial, fundraising for legal costs and campaign work.

The focus of our work is on supporting primarily people from third countries, often refugees themselves, who usually have no or very limited financial resources and support structures in Europe and receive little public attention. This is done in close cooperation with local NGOs such as Porco Rosso in Sicily, the Human Rights Legal Project (Samos), the Legal Centre Lesvos and Aegean Migrant Solidarity (formerly CPT - Lesvos) in Greece.

In November 2019, we established a solidarity fund for this purpose, which was created thanks to the donation of the book proceeds of "Action not Hope" by Sea-Watch captain Carola Rackete & Anne Weiss. From September 2022 our solidarity fund will be financially supported by United4Rescue.

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Research & documentation
We do research and document both political events and developments, as well as cases of criminalisation and prepare them in the form of reports, analyses and info materials.


Outreach and awareness campaigns
Through public events, actions and campaigns, we inform and sensitize a broad public about the increasing criminalization, the associated practices and their effects and organize resistance.



You can donate to our anti-criminalisation work on our project on betterplace "United against the criminalisation of flight and migration!".

Current projects

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Central Mediterranean Info

borderline-europe started in March 2019 to put together information about the situation in the Central Mediterranean Sea for internal research reasons. In 2021 we decided to publish parts of the data via Social Media and on our website.

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Situation of refugees and migrants in Italy

Here you can find our bi-weekly Update on the situation in Italy "Scirocco - News in Brief" and further information on the situation of refugees and migrants in Italy.

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Sicily - Tunisia: monitoring, research, identification

In 2023, borderline-europe is involved in two very different MONITORING projects: "Invisible" is about the situation of refugees in Sicily. Mem.Med, on the other hand, is a cooperation project between many entities that carefully focus on the people who have not made it through the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. borderline-europe supports the project through volunteers.

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La Nomad House Project

The Nomad House is an international cultural project initiated and supported by the Compagnie des Nouveau Disparus. It is a project carried out in the framework of the Europe Creative program in partnership with six other countries (Belgium, France, Tunisia, Greece, Italy, and Germany).The Nomade House is a process of creation and artistic dissemination and scientific research on the issue of migration. The project consists of multidisciplinary creative workshops, a theatrical creation, and various cultural activities such as a traveling exhibition and conference debates.

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Criminalisation of migration and solidarity

Migration and solidarity with people on the move is being increasingly criminalised. Resisting this criminalisation is a central part of our work. We research and document socio-political developments and cases of criminalisation. In doing so, we provide concrete support for those affected and inform and sensitize a broad public in the form of information materials, public events and campaigns.

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Criminalization of Migration & Solidarity in Italy

In the course of the collective attempt to shut down its borders, the EU uses numerous means of deterrence to prevent people from seeking safety in Europe. The criminalisation of people on the move and those who are in solidarity with them has been a widespread strategy for years. In Italy, too, people are prosecuted under the charge of "aiding and abetting unauthorised entry".

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