We take our evaluation results into the political arena
We will not keep our results and findings to ourselves, but make them publicly available. In an advocacy report we want to show the potential of matching as a reasonable alternative for the distribution and reception of protection seekers. We will place the report with the relevant migration policy actors at the federal and European level. At the same time, we want to use the report to enter into an exchange with academia, civil society, the media and other non-governmental organizations in order to join forces for an innovative migration policy.
At this point we welcome the report “Reforming EU Asylum Law: The final stage” published by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) in August, which analyzes the main unresolved issues in the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and makes recommendations to policy makers. ECRE welcomes, as do we, the idea of an EU-wide solidarity mechanism that prioritizes the relocation of protection seekers to countries with which there is a “meaningful link” (such as those based on family or cultural considerations). However, ECRE also stresses the need to ensure that the interests of protection seekers are taken into account in the assessment of these “meaningful links” . Furthermore, the report advocates for comprehensive information and consultation of protection seekers in the relocation process. Re:Match puts precisely these demands into practice.
Additionally, we were involved in a roundtable dicussion with other strong matching actors called “Matching in Refugee Sponsorship and Complementary Pathways: Innovations for Enhancing Outcomes and Strengthening Communities” which verified our belief that we are pursuing an idea with great potential.
We are very pleased that in October we will be presenting Re:Match to Beate Gminder, Deputy Director General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels affirmed by these milestones and insights.
A distribution and reception of protection seekers via matching is also a way of bridge-building between states / the EU and its municipalities Therefore, we are looking forward to an upcoming event we are hosting on October 26th with Rasha Nasr (SPD), member of the Bundestag, and municipalities from the German Federal state Saxon, where we will discuss the potential of Re:Match as an opportunity for the latter.
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