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Migration decisions of resettled African refugees

Date 18 January 2018
type brief analysis

The second edition of the BAMF’s brief analyses deals with the migration decisions, routes and destinations of refugees with African nationalities who were admitted to Germany within the resettlement programme.

The results are based on 151 migration biographies relating to refugees from Eastern Africa. The data originate from the ongoing research project entitled "Resettlement: Integration processes of refugees in special need of protection". The study anonymously evaluates the dossiers of the resettled refugees who were afforded protection in Germany in 2012 and in 2014. Additionally, semi-structured interviews were held with some of the refugees regarding how they experienced migration and how their integration progressed in Germany.

A summary of the results:

Europe was the initial migration destination for only three percent of refugees. The vast majority in fact sought refuge on their own continent and on the Arabian Peninsula. In many cases, it was problems with obtaining residence status, exploitation and various personal rights violations which prevented them from permanently remaining in the states in which they first took refuge. The resettled African refugees have therefore attempted to establish a life for themselves in at least two countries in succession.

Libya, Syria and Yemen were important countries of refuge for people from East Africa before the start of the political upheavals and military conflicts in those places. Given the unstable security situation prevailing in those countries, it can be presumed that refugees from the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa will attempt to open up new destination regions for themselves. Despite considerable migration-related risks, some will also set off on the dangerous path to Europe. 


The brief analysis was drawn up by: Maria Bitterwolf, Tatjana Baraulina, Inara Stürckow and Judith Daniel

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Migration and Integration Research, Focus: International Migration and Migration Governance

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Migration and Integration Research, Focus: International Migration and Migration Governance

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