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Photos: All over Europe, people have taken to the streets to say “Welcome, refugees”

By Annalisa Merelli

At the end of another week of (very small) achievements in managing Europe’s refugee crisis—the EU agreed on a quota system and US president Barack Obama said the US would house 10,000 Syrians—people marched on Sept. 12 to express their solidarity. All over Europe and in the US, signs in many languages welcoming the refugees and condemning xenophobia showed that for every refugee-hater there are compassionate fellow human beings.

Below some pictures from the rallies, in a wonderful display of polyglot empathy.

France

Reuters/Eric Gaillard
“Dignified treatment for refugees.” Nice, France

Portugal

EPA/Antonio Cotrim
Lisbon, Portugal.

UK

Parliament Square, London, UK.

The Netherlands

EPA/Bart Maat
A silent pro-refugee rally. The Hague, The Netherlands.

Austria

EPA/Georg Hochmuth
“Muslims and refugees welcome.” Vienna, Austria.

Germany

EPA/Timm Schamberger
“No one is illegal.” Nuremberg, Germany.

Greece

EPA/Alexandros Vlachos
Greek parliament, Athens, Greece.

Italy

EPA/Claudio Furlan
The “barefoot march for migrants,” Milan, Italy.

Spain

EPA/Juan Gonzales
Gijon, Spain.

Romania

Andreea Alexandru/Mediafax via AP
“Welcome to Romania.” Bucharest, Romania.

Poland

AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski
“Refugees welcome.” Warsaw, Poland.
Adam Ihse/TT via AP
Gotaplatsen, Gothenburg, Sweden.