Migration to Europe is a phenomenon that has dominated public and media discourses for some time. State and regional level responses to the needs of people on the move have prioritized security over humanitarian considerations. It is mainly civil society actors, solidarity movements, and some NGOs who have filled the gap and stepped in to provide assistance and protection. The obstacles to civil maritime search and rescue operations have been widely discussed in the media. But the space for humanitarian action is also shrinking on land. What factors are affecting humanitarian space in Europe? What can humanitarian actors do in a restrictive environment in which providing life-saving assistance and protection to people on the move is criminalised? What perspectives and solutions exist and how can the different actors engaged in humanitarian action in the context of migration join forces to overcome these obstacles and reclaim the space needed for humanitarian action?

January 29, 2020, at the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) in Berlin

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