Migration and Asylum Seekers Governance in the EU: The Case of Berlin Municipality

Mykhaylo Kunychka and Leonid Raneta
University of Economics in Bratislava


The number of refugees seeking asylum protection in Europe has grown considerably in the last five years. In 2015 more than 1 million refugees and migrants crossed the borders of Germany, the biggest refugee destination in the European Union, in order to flee conflict and persecution. This paper will assess how refugees and asylum seekers are treated in the municipality of Berlin. The migration governance conducted by the local State office for refugee affairs will be examined as well. At a time of migration crisis that heavily passed across Europe, it is critically important to understand the practices and approaches for asylum seekers integration on the example of Berlin - refugees high concentrated area and one of the most effective municipalities for refugee adjustment activities. Broad list of social services offered by local units for refugees and asylum seekers will be studied, including housing, integration, health, education, etc.