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How are you supporting people caught up in the migration crisis …

German tourist guides give first aid to an Afghan woman who reached Kaya beach near the village of Skala Sikaminea, 60km north of the port town of Mytilini on the south-eastern Greek island of Lesvos. Photograph: Visar Kryeziu/AP

A growing number of people across Europe, dissatisfied with their governments response to the migration crisis, are finding their own ways to support the people crossing into Europe[1].

We want to hear from ordinary people in Europe who ve helped those seeking asylum or those who have recently arrived.

Mareike Geiling set up Refugees Welcome[2] a self-described Airbnb for refugees in order to offer refugees space in a shared home rather than mass accommodation. Despite Germany offering more asylum places than any other European country, Geiling believes that Germans would like more opportunities to help.

Related: Refugee crisis: what can you do to help?[3]

There is a discrepancy between the government and the will of the citizens, Geiling told the Guardian. Our whole German, and European, way of seeing ourselves will change within the next decade. The people coming here shouldn t be seen as a threat but as a chance, she said.

But it s not just German people helping out. Thousands of Icelanders offered their homes to Syrian refugees last week,[4] after an open letter to the government about the migration crisis was posted on Facebook. And people in the UK without any humanitarian training have been travelling to Calais s so-called jungle camp to deliver donations[5].

These are just a few of the many initiatives happening across Europe. We want to hear about yours.

Share your experiences with GuardianWitness by clicking the blue contribute button in this article or filling in the form below, or you can email: carmen.fishwick@theguardian.com

You can also share with the Guardian via WhatsApp[6] by adding the contact +44 (0) 7867 825056

References

  1. ^ Europe (www.theguardian.com)
  2. ^ Mareike Geiling set up Refugees Welcome (www.theguardian.com)
  3. ^ Refugee crisis: what can you do to help? (www.theguardian.com)
  4. ^ Thousands of Icelanders offered their homes to Syrian refugees last week, (www.theguardian.com)
  5. ^ Calais s so-called jungle camp to deliver donations (www.theguardian.com)
  6. ^ Guardian via WhatsApp (www.theguardian.com)

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