Re:Match - needs-oriented and individualized relocation of protection seekers via matching

Europe faces the challenge of a fair and effective distribution of protection seekers. We believe that matching can be a solution. Re:Match aims to pilot an algorithm-based matching mechanism for relocating protection seekers from Ukraine to Germany, building on international experience, and thus contributing to a solution for the challenges in the reception and (European) redistribution of refugees from Ukraine.

Since February 2022, around 8 million people have fled to other European countries as a result of the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine. This poses a major challenge to the European migration system and to the many European cities and towns that host people from Ukraine.

The distribution and reception of asylum seekers is rarely based on both the personal needs and the capacities of the receiving municipalities. Re:Match is an innovative matching project that aims to address precisely this problem: It takes into account the individual profiles and preferences of those seeking protection and matches them with what German cities can provide. The needs of the cities, such as the local labor market, are also taken into account. Re:Match uses a preference matching algorithm to bring both sides together in the best possible way.

Re:Match aims to provide informed, individualized and needs-based admission of asylum seekers from Ukraine through relocation via matching. The program opens up better future prospects in Germany for people fleeing Ukraine and facilitates the reception and integration process from day one. At the same time, it enables better planning options in the municipalities.


The Re:Match project is currently being implemented. More detailed information about the implementation or current updates can be found on the multilingual project website or you can also subscribe to our subscribe to our newsletter.

The project in brief

Project flow


09/2022 - 12/2023



Registration here


Open Society Foundation, German Foundation for Engagement and Volunteering

News about the project

The first successes of the project have already been highlighted by the press. Here you can find blog updates, job openings and our press review

WDR: „Düsseldorf testet System zur Flüchtlingsverteilung“

Das Projekt Re:Match wurde in einem neuen WDR Audio-Beitrag porträtiert, u.a. über den Projektstatus in unserer Partnerkommune Düsseldorf und unser...
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Re:Match project: First match and relocation successful!

Using an algorithm-based process, this week we successfully connected a group of 20 Ukrainian protection seekers from Poland with the...
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ZEIT-ONLINE: "Matching for Refugees"

The project Re:Match was presented in a new ZEIT ONLINE article: How can refugees in Germany be better distributed? Algorithms...
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