Our aim in this project is to improve the distribution and allocation process of asylum seekers and refugees from the federal states in Germany to the municipalities. With the help of an algorithm, we want to bring the characteristics and needs of those seeking protection and the existing structures and resources of the municipalities into closer alignment (“matching”). We will define the relevant criteria for this matching in a participatory and multi-stage process. This will allow us to include the interests of refugees and asylum seekers and take into account the structural conditions and individual characteristics of the municipalities and refugees involved.
In the project, the University of Hildesheim and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg work together with the responsible ministries of the federal states. The project has a planned duration of three years. During this time, we will identify relevant criteria of the host municipalities and refugees and we will develop and test a matching algorithm for the placement to selected municipalities. Our work throughout all stages of the project is and will be guided by ethical principles and data protection requirements.
The project will be evaluated scientifically to produce reliable results and develop recommendations for a broader implementation. In addition, we will publish our experience in the form of a policy brief and discuss the results with decision-makers at various levels of government. The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator.