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

Logo of 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 is an innovative matching projectwhich rethinks solidarity in the European Union (EU) and the distribution of protection seekers in a new and participatory way: In contrast to conventional processes Re:Match takes the individual profiles and preferences of people seeking protection into account and matches them with the infrastructural framework conditions and capacities of cities. As a result, Re:Match opens up better future prospects for people seeking protection and offers local authorities better planning options.


Matching is carried out using a preference- based algorithm to bring both sides together in the best possible way. In the 2023 pilot phase, the data and preference-driven process already successfully matched 78 Ukrainian asylum seekers who were in Poland with six German municipalities and supported their relocation. In 2024, further asylum seekers are to be matched to German municipalities.


sustainable paths for solidarity in Germany and with other EU member states can be created in close cooperation with welcoming cities sustainable ways for solidarity-based municipal reception of people seeking protection in Germany and other EU member states. Through this approach, Re:Match provides protection seekers and cities with opportunities for participation and thus fosters their agency in the relocation process, ultimately paving the way for successful integration.


Re:Match is created in close cooperation with international partners, municipalities and people seeking protection and presents a innovative contribution to a fair and effective distribution, reception and integration of people seeking protection in the EU. The aim is to relieve the burden on external EU border states and support local authorities as well as protection seekers themselves in their reception and integration at the same time.

The Re:Match process in brief

Successful pilot phase 2023

During the pilot phase, the Berlin Governance Platform, together with project partner Pairity, conducted a participatory process with protection seekers and municipalities to develop the matching criteria and processes which was based on results of international research .

1. Workshops with Municipalities

Together with municipalities, relevant criteria were defined for matching them with people seeking protection. These include municipal infrastructure and current capacities as well as needs on the local labour market.

2. Workshops with protection seekers

The relevant criteria for matching municipalities and protection seekers were developed in close cooperation with people with lived experience seeking protection. The criteria include both individual needs and preferences.

3. Outreach for protection seekers

Salam Lab, our partner NGO in Poland, informed people seeking protection from Ukraine about the possibility of relocating to a German municipality. Needs and preferences were assessed in interviews.

4. Data Collection

The data of participating asylum seekers and the municipalities were recorded and transmitted in accordance with data protection regulations.

4. Matching

People seeking protection were individually matched with the participating municipalities according to their needs using an algorithm.

5. Relocation

The people seeking protection were informed in detail about the match and decided whether to accept or reject it. The transfer and reception were organised.

The project then used the window of opportunity provided by the European Temporary Protection Directive for Ukrainian refugees to apply the newly developed criteria and processes for the first time to the matching of Ukrainian protection seekers in Poland with German partner municipalities. After successful matching, the Berlin Governance Platform team supported the journey of the asylum seekers from Poland, an EU border state, to German municipalities.


Participating municipalities and matched protection seekers during Relocation Phase I (2023)

Project evaluation and recommendations - our publications

The project is being evaluated in detail and closely monitored through advocacy work at local, national and European level. The initual evaluation results as well as findings and recommendations for decision-makers are presented in two reports published in January 2024 and available for download here.

"The successful pilot implementation of Re:Match shows that a human rights-based and participatory European migration policy with the involvement of people seeking protection and local authorities is possible."

Project phase II (from 11/2023)

 Second Phase relocation via matching

In the summer of 2024 a second matching and relocation phase with Ukrainian asylum seekers and (new) project municipalities is being implemented. In this way, we want to put the findings from the first phase directly into practice and gather further experience and data in order to further develop the process for possible scaling.


Technical development and strategic networking

Re:Match will place a stronger focus on relevant partnerships. In particular, a sharpened focus will be on targeted cooperation with protection seekers, local authorities, politics and administration, academia and other civil society organisations. The aim is to consolidate the positive impact of Re:Match in the long term by sharing knowledge and working together on a further improvement of the matching criteria, the algorithm and the relocation and admission processes. We will also examine how the processes need to be adapted in order to be able to apply the matching system for different groups of people seeking protection.



Through close dialogue with political decision-makers at European, national and municipal level, the aim is to identify potential scalabillites for further application and generate support for the idea.


The Re:Match project is currently being implemented. You can find more detailed information and updates on the implementation on the multilingual project website. For the latest updates, you can also subscribe to our newsletter.

Further projects on the topic of migration

  • 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 [...]