What are our goals?

In convening the Robert Bosch Expert Commission to Consider a Realignment of Refugee Policy in March 2015 under the chairmanship of Armin Laschet, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has brought together ten high-ranking representatives from the fields of politics, the economy and society to develop concrete, solution-oriented courses of action and reform proposals for German refugee policy within a year. On April 6, 2016 the commission has presented its final report at the German federal press conference in Berlin.

How does the project work?

Between March 12, 2015 and January 21, 2016, the commission convened for five one-day meetings to develop and discuss content-based stances in a constructive, result-oriented way in order to formulate them as manageable proposals.

The fields addressed by the commission follow a refugee biography and hence range from arrival over the asylum process to acceptance, or repatriation in case of non-recognition. The focus of recommendations therefore lies on questions that must be answered in Germany. In doing so, the political dimension of integration was stressed. The European and global dimension of refugee movements were only addressed peripherally.

Between November 2015 and April 2016 the Commission published individual papers concerning selected issues. On April 6, 2016 the final report was published in German. The summary as well as further recommended measures and reform proposals have been made available in English.