Safe Access. The Humanitarian Admission Programmes for Syrian Refugees in Germany

Policy Brief l October 2015

Half of the Syrian population has fled the country – and those seeking protection are increasingly setting off on the irregular and often dangerous trip across the Mediterranean or across land to apply for asylum on European soil. The current crisis shows how urgently ways are needed to provide safe and legal access for refugees fleeing to Europe. The Policy Brief looks at Germany's humanitarian admission programmes which are a useful complement to the asylum procedure and could serve as a model for a coordinated European admission programme. It provides 8 recommendations for policymakers at EU, federal and Länder level.