“No More Bricks in the Wall”

AMI was selected by “Snapshots from the Borders” project, funded by the European Union and run by 35 European partners, between border Local Authorities and Civil Society organizations, to become the Portuguese representative of the “No More Bricks in the Wall” campaign. 

The proposal submitted by AMI, under the theme “Wall: Breaking Walls, Building Futures”, aims to contribute to the development of positive hosting and integrative migration policies through an increased informed knowledge of citizens in Portugal about global migration and its key determinants, namely the causes and consequences of migration in the origin countries and its impact in welcoming countries, thus concurring to Sustainable Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

The initiative has already started in September in the different online channels and culminates with a big street event on the 3rd October 2019, in all European Union member states capitals. This a unique opportunity to promote the values of tolerance respect for and Human Rights. 

Share the responsibility and be part of a solidarity movement!

Campaign Goal

The main goal of the “No More Bricks in the Wall” campaign concerns the need to enhance the informed knowledge of European citizens about global migration and its key impacts, and to promote the signature of a petition to make the 3rd of October – a symbolic date, when in 2013, 368 people, including children, women and men lost their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa – European Day of Memory and Welcome



3rd October Petition - European Day of Memory and Welcome

To the recently newly elected EU institutions (Parliament, European Commission and European Council).

Let´s make October 3rd the European Day of Memory and Welcome and ensure migration policies keep humanity and solidarity at their core while promoting responsibility sharing across Europe. 

The 3rd October is a symbolic date, reminiscent of the day when, in 2013, 368 people including children, women and men lost their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa. 

We ask citizens to join the border territories launching this petition in being part of a solidarity movement by signing and bringing the message of humanity and solidarity to the center of the EU institutions.  

Let’s share responsibility! 

Together with the Border Territories launching this petition we want to spread our voices and call on all national and EU policy makers to fulfill their responsibilities to implement coherent migration policies. The needs and conditions of local communities hosting arriving migrants need support at European level – support that stands in solidarity with all human beings, either local citizens or migrants. 

Stay human! 

People fleeing war and persecution very often have no safe and regular alternatives to reach Europe. Only by making these solutions available urgently, people will not be forced to resort to traffickers and to risk their lives. By bringing voices and effective solutions from the border territories where migration is lived directly, we call for a fairer world. 

Be part of solidarity movement!

Join us, sign the petition and let’s do changes together, bringing stories and voices from the borders at the core of EU. 

Let’s make the 3rd October as the European Day of Memory and Welcome!

In 2016, Italian Senate established by law that the date of October 3rd would be the Italian Day of Memory and Welcome (this initiative was held and promoted thanks to Comitato 3 Ottobre, born with this specific goal), to be celebrated every year to remember and commemorate all the victims of immigration and to promote awareness and solidarity initiatives. It is time we introduce this day throughout all Europe.  

Since the 3rd October 2013, 17,900 migrants and refugees have died or are missing in the Mediterranean Sea. 2016 was the most lethal year, with 5,096 people losing their lives in a desperate attempt to find salvation in Europe. In 2018 one out of every 18 people who crossed the Mediterranean heading to Europe lost his/her live: an unacceptable human cost and an unacceptable human statistic.  

The 3rd of October will be a day to commemorate and reflect on these human losses; a day where wrong policies confront our individual and European values which should always stand higher. A day to remember the past, to correct the present and to envision our European future of solidarity and respect of all human lives.


“Make the 3rd October the European Day of Memory and Welcome!” is the demand of the campaign “No More Bricks in the Wall” implemented by “Snapshots from the Borders”, that links border towns and Islands facing migration at borders entrance.  

Be part of a solidarity movement!

Street event: 3rd October 2019

We are preparing a big surprise! 

Come and join us on the 3rd october, from 09:00 am to 17:00 pm, at Praça de S. Domingos (near Rossio), in Lisboa.

Be part of a solidarity movement!

Photography Exhibition, by Alfredo Cunha 

From 26th September to 6th october 2019 there will be an exhibition by Alfredo Cunha photographer at S. Domingos Church, in Lisbon, presenting  faces of people from different nationalities. 

We will ask all visitors to try and guess their nationalities, believing there will be some surprises.  

Don’t miss the chance of visiting an exhibition by one of the most distinguished Portuguese photographers, and be part of a solidarity movement! 

Test your knowledge on Migrations 

In an app which will be available soon, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge level on migrations. It’s a free app you will be able to download to your cell phone or tablet (Android or Iphone). 

At the end of the quiz, we will minvite all participants to share their results and share the message of this campaign. 

Be part of a solidarity movement! 

Documentaries “Snapshots from the borders”

“Snapshots from the Borders” project has selected 10 documentaries on the migrations theme. 

Portugal will exhibit the documentary “Citta’ Giardino”, written and directed by Marco Piccarreda and Gaia Formenti, on the 3rd October 2019.



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