An urgently needed reform of the European migration and asylum system has been pending for years. However, the reform proposals now being negotiated by the EU institutions do not provide for sufficient improvements in human rights and humanitarian due diligence obligations . Due to the growing complexity of the issue, sustainable, fast and agile solutions are needed. We see ourselves as an idea incubator for innovative approaches in EU migration policy and offer a platform for collaborative processes and projects. 

We pilot innovative solutions for a human rights-based EU migration policy.

Europe urgently needs a medium- and long-term strategy that treats the arrival of protection seekers and migrants not as a crisis but also as an opportunity and prioritizes the protection of fundamental rights. People are still dying on their way to Europe or have to endure inhumane conditions at Europe's external borders. The EU institutions urgently need to agree on a real reform of the common European migration policy. Current compromise solutions between nation states, as they are also the basis of the reform proposals of the EU institutions, lead to an undermining of the standards of international law and the rights of migrants and refugees in the EU. The reform proposals of the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the Council of the EU, which will be negotiated in the near future, are characterized by deterrence and isolation and do not offer a sustainable and human rights-based solution. 

We do not see immigration and flight as a threat, but as a humanitarian task as well as a political opportunity and want to give new momentum to European migration and asylum policy. By tackling challenges pragmatically, responsibly, and in solidarity, we develop new ambitious concepts and projects for safe migration and escape routes to the European Union benefit both protection seekers and migrants as well as local actors. For this purpose, we also use data-based, innovative tools such as algorithms. Our proposed solutions are oriented 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 learning-based campaigning.  

For direct municipal reception of refugees.

In recent years, more and more European cities and municipalities have declared, Protection seekers proactively welcome. These progressive communities stand for a Europe of solidarity that respects human rights and takes responsibility for the protection of human lives. These communities can play an important role in overcoming migration policy challenges. As think&do Tank, we therefore pursue a participative municipal approach in asylum and migrationpolicy.

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. A algorithm-based Matching-process can play play a central rolein order to the needs of the protection seekers and the offers of the municipalities willing to take them in, and to bring them into the best possible agreement. This concept for a pragmatic and participatory EU-relocation is being tested we concretely im Re:Match pilot project  and test it for possible scalability. We are convinced that hands-on projects can be successful due to their learning by doing- dynamics strengthen constructive policy proposals and thus lead to multifaceted and sustainable improvements in migration governance can contribute.

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Projects on this topic

  • Logo and a municipality from the Berlin Governance Platform's Re:Match pilot project in four colours. The individual pieces of the symbol match with the others to create a matching whole.

    Re:Match - needs-based and individualised relocation of protection seekers via algorithm-based matching

    Re:Match is piloting a needs-based and individualised relocation of people seeking protection via algorithm-based matching in municipalities ready to accept them as an innovative contribution to a human rights-based European migration policy.
  • This header image shows a symbol for networking in the colours of the Berlin Governance Platform over a picture of a municipality. The project for this is in the area of migration and is called Networks for a Welcoming Europe.

    Networks for a Welcoming Europe

    In a map, actors and networks in the field of migration in Europe were identified and networked, and strategic partnerships were established.
  • Photo of participants in the trialogue "Nutrition, health and social cohesion"

    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 [...]
  • Accommodation for refugees in Berlin

    How can refugees find adequate and affordable housing in Berlin? In the midst of a tight housing market and numerous barriers to access, we are developing ideas for possible solutions with policymakers, civil society and the real estate industry.
  • Logo of the CERV programme (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values) with the symbol of a pair of scales.

    CERV project Cities4Refugees

    Cities4Refugees" involves mayors and their municipalities, but also non-governmental organisations and other multipliers who are working to improve the current situation for migrants and refugees who come to Europe but [...].
  • On a map of Europe, tokens are placed on which "Municipal Development" can be read. The Berlin Governance Platform's Municipal Integration and Development Initiative in the Migration Sector project has developed several concepts and projects in this area.

    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 organisation of municipal development [...]
  • The logo and lettering of the migration project From the Sea to the City (FSTC) in colour. Part of the logo symbolises waves.

    From the Sea to the City

    From The Sea To The City (FSTC) is a European civil society network consisting of several NGOs and grassroots political initiatives. Together, we campaign in the European public sphere with the help of innovative [...]
  • Logo European Integration and Development Fund for Local Authorities

    The European Integration and Development Fund

    Municipalities that agree to take in people seeking protection should be incentivised financially. To this end, we propose the establishment of an EU fund to which municipalities can apply directly for financial resources [...]