The common European migration and asylum system has been in a deadlock for years. Due to the growing complexity of the issue and the EU's failure to meet its human rights and humanitarian due diligence obligations,there is a need for sustainable, fast and agile solutions. We see ourselves as an incubator for innovative approaches to EU migration policy and provide a platform for collaborative processes and projects.

We pilot innovative solutions for a humane EU migration policy.

People continue to die on their way to Europe and to endure inhumane conditions at Europe's external borders. For years, the EU Commission and the Council of the European Union have been trying unsuccessfully to reform the common European migration policy. Compromises between nation-states undermine international legal standards and the rights of migrants and refugees. Europe urgently needs a medium and long-term strategy that conceives the arrival of refugees and migrants not as a crisis but as an opportunity and focuses on the protection of basic rights.

We do not see immigration and flight as a threat, but as a humanitarian duty and a political opportunity. We want to give new impetus to the stalled reform of European migration and asylum policy. By tackling challenges pragmatically, responsibly, and with solidarity, we are developing new ambitious concepts and projects for safe migration and escape routes into the European Union, which will benefit local actors as well as migrants and those seeking protection. To this end, we also use data-based, innovative tools such as algorithms. Our proposed solutions are geared towards the medium and long term and aim to bring about a change in thinking.

We are building Europe-wide networks.

We see ourselves as a platform that brings together different actors on the topic of municipal reception and integration. together, in order to Europe-wide theory into practice to into practice. For this we support the Vnetting of European municipalities, to their Sichtability for the EU decision-makers as well as their political Stimme. In addition, we accompany we actively support the development of strategicn partnerships between municipal networks and transnational civil society initiatives. initiatives, in particular the International Safe Ports Alliance (IASH) and the network "From The Sea To The City" (FSTC)with our expertise and pioneering ideas, such as lern-basedm Campaigning.

For direct municipal reception of refugees.

In recent years, a growing number of European cities and municipalities have declared their willingness to proactively welcome people seeking protection. These progressive municipalities stand for a welcoming Europe that respects human rights and takes responsibility for the protection of human lives. They play an important role in finding solutions to the challenges of migration policy. As a think & do tank, we pursue a participatory municipal approach to asylum and migration policy.

We propose for this a governance-concept that is based on a direct relocation (redistribution) of refugees from Europe's external borders to receptive European communities. An algorithm-based matching-process can play a central rolein order to meetthe needs of the protection seekers and the offers of the municipalities willing to take them in, and to create the best possible arrangement. This concept for a pragmatic and participatory EU-relocation is being tested with theRe:Match pilot project where we are investigating e.g itsscalability. We are convinced that hands-on projects due to their learning by doing-dynamics-dynamics strengthen constructive policy proposals and thus lead to durable improvements in migration governance.

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Projects on this topic

  • Re:Match - Demand-oriented and individualized recording via matching

    Europe is facing the challenge of a fair and effective distribution of protection seekers. We believe that matching can be a solution. Re:Match, building on international experience, aims to develop an algorithm-based matching mechanism for the [...]
  • Networks for a Welcoming Europe

    Cities and municipalities across Europe have shown their voluntary willingness to welcome protection seekers in recent years. These welcoming municipalities are growing in number and they stand for a Europe of solidarity, [...].
  • Trialogue Series Social Cohesion

    As part of BUA's "Grand Challenge Social Cohesion" initiative, the three-part trialogue series "Social Cohesion" was held in late summer and fall 2022. The focus was on the transdisciplinary exchange of 6 Exploration Projects [...]
  • CERV Projekt Cities4Refugees

    An „Cities4Refugees“ sind Bürgermeister und ihre Kommunen beteiligt, aber auch Nichtregierungsorganisationen und andere Multiplikatoren, die an einer Verbesserung der aktuellen Situation für Migrant*innen und Geflüchtete, die nach Europa kommen, aber […]
  • Municipal Integration and Development Initiative

    The Municipal Integration and Development Initiative (MIDI) starts at the local level and develops governance concepts in which municipalities play a central role. A joint, participatory shaping of municipal development [...]
  • From the Sea to the City

    From The Sea To The City (FSTC) is a European civil society network consisting of several NGOs and political grassroots initiatives. Together, we engage the European public through innovative [...]
  • The European Integration and Development Fund

    Municipalities that agree to take in asylum seekers should be strengthened with a financial incentive. For this purpose, we propose the establishment of an EU fund to which the municipalities can directly apply for financial resources [...]