For years, an urgently needed reform of the European migration and asylum system out. However, the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) adopted by the EU institutions in April 2024 is unlikely to improve the situation for people seeking protection at the EU's external borders and within the EU - on the contrary, a further deterioration must be assumed. Due to the growing complexity of the issue, sustainable and agile solutions are required. 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 as they flee to Europe or are forced to endure degrading conditions at Europe's external borders. Current compromise solutions between nation states, such as those on which the current reform of the Common European Asylum System is based, are characterised by deterrence and isolation and do not offer a sustainable and human rights-based solution. Instead, they lead to an erosion of international legal standards and the rights of migrants and refugees in the EU.

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 impetus to European migration and asylum policy. By tackling challenges pragmatically, responsibly and in a spirit of solidarity, we are developing new ambitious concepts and projects for safe migration and escape routes into the European Union that 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 various stakeholders on the topic of municipal reception and integration in order to translate theory into practice across Europe. To this end, we support the networking of European municipalities in order to strengthen their visibility for EU decision-makers and their political voice. In addition, we actively support the development of strategic partnerships between municipal networks and transnational civil society initiatives, in particular the International Alliance of Safe Harbours (IASH) and the network "From The Sea To The City" (FSTC)with our expertise and pioneering ideas.  


For direct municipal reception of refugees.

In recent years, more and more European cities and municipalities have declared their willingness to proactively take in people seeking protection. These progressive municipalities stand for a Europe of solidarity that respects human rights and takes responsibility for the protection of human lives. These municipalities can make an important contribution to overcoming migration policy challenges. As a platform, we therefore pursue a participatory municipal approach to asylum and migration policy.

For this we propose a Governance-concept that is based on a direct relocation of refugees from Europe's external borders to welcoming European communities. A algorithm-based matching-process can play a central role in order to match 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 implemented concretely in the Re:Match pilot project  and tested for possible scalability. We are convinced that hands-on pilot projects can successfully strengthen constructive policy proposals due to their learning by doing- dynamics and can thus contribute to multifaceted and sustainable improvements in migration governance.


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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.
  • CERV project Cities4Refugees


    Cities4Refugees is a project consortium consisting of the European cities of Berlin, Villeurbanne and Zagreb, as well as the NGOs Berlin Governance Platform, BBAG and Studio Rizoma. The two-year project aims to develop a strategic [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]