We help refugees find the right place in Germany.

We analyse your personal needs and match you with German cities based on what they can offer.

Project Update

Re:Match looks back on an fascinating and fruitful pilot phase in 2023 – because this project by the Berlin Governance Platform has achieved something truly unique so far!

Together with our partners Pairity (Canada) and Salam Lab (Poland), we were able to match 78 Ukrainian protection seekers with six German municipalities using our self-developed algorithm-based mechanism and relocate them from Poland to Germany.

The individual needs and profiles of the asylum seekers and the municipalities were taken into account in order to strengthen their right to have a say and facilitate the reception and integration process from day one.

The pilot phase is currently being comprehensively evaluated. The results will be processed in an evaluation report and an advocacy report and published in early 2024. The findings will also be used to further develop the matching criteria, the questionnaires, the algorithm and the associated processes. Further relocations are to take place in 2024 using the optimized tool.

This website will remain for documentation purposes and for further development at a later date despite the fact that it is currently not possible to register for a relocation round. You can find news about the project here or in our newsletter. The team will be happy to answer your questions at any time and looks forward to any exchange on the subject of matching!

For a progressive and effective migration and asylum policy, we need more solidarity in the European Union – with the people seeking protection as well as with the Member States where they first arrive.

To make this solidarity work in practice, the Berlin Governance Platform has piloted the “Re:Match – Relocation via Matching” project. Through an innovative, algorithm-based process, protection seekers in EU external border states are matched with welcoming European municipalities on a needs-oriented and individualized basis. With this unique municipal and participatory approach, Re:Match contributes to strengthening relocations through tailor-made solutions with better integration results. Enhanced with this matching concept, EU member states could be won over for the implementation of relocations.

The project is now publishing  initial evaluation results and policy findings and recommendations in the form of two reports, which are available for download. These will be presented and discussed in a Digital Report Launch Event.

To join the digital launch of our reports on February 13th, 2024, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MEZ, please register on this page.

Together with the state capital Düsseldorf, our partners Pairity (Canada) and Salam Lab (Poland) as well as Damian Boeselager, Member of the European Parliament (Volt/Greens), we want to present our key findings of the concept of Relocation via Matching and answer your questions.

Questions (in German/English) can also be sent in advance to rematch[at]governance-platform.org.

How it works (Pilot Project Implementation 2023):


We inform interested Ukrainian refugees in detail about the Re:Match programme. After that, we conduct an in-person interview to take into account individual needs, preferences and further relevant information. Meanwhile, partner cities are vetted as well.


We use the collected information to match refugees from Ukraine to a German city. For the matching we also take into account the capacities and needs of the different participating cities. A preference-matching algorithm helps us to process the information and match in the best possible way.


Once the refugee agrees to a proposed match, the city gets a notification. Our team then coordinates the relocation and the reception in the new host city.

What We Want To Achieve

Since February 2022, approximately 8 million people (and counting) have fled Ukraine to other European countries as a result of the Russian war of aggression. This remains a major challenge for the European migration system and for the many European cities and towns that are welcoming people from Ukraine.

Distribution and reception of refugees rarely focus on both personal needs and the capacities of the receiving municipalities. Re:Match is an innovative matching model that wants to tackle exactly this problem: it takes into account refugees’ individual profiles  and preferences and compares it with what German cities can provide, for instance, housing. Cities´ needs such as the local labour market are also taken into consideration. Re:Match uses a preference-matching algorithm to match both sides in the best possible way.

Re:Match has the goal to allow an informed, individualised and needs-oriented reception of Ukrainian refugees through relocation via matching. This programme opens up better future prospects in Germany for people fleeing from Ukraine and facilitates the reception and integration process from day one. At the same time, it allows for better planning opportunities in municipalities which can put their unique experience to use.

You’re a Ukrainian citizen who recently fled from Ukraine to Poland or are currently planning to leave Ukraine and would like to move to Germany?

We help you find a city in Germany

You are a German municipality interested in improving the national distribution system? You would like to take part of Re:Match and welcome refugees from Ukraine?

Become a partner city in our project!

About Re:Match

Europe is faced with the challenge of fair and effective refugee distribution. We believe that matching can be a solution.

Our interdisciplinary team works closely with cities and refugees to develop an innovative  relocation via matching model for the EU.