Online Seminar

Asylum policy in German federalism – Changes in benefits granted to asylum seekers
Type of seminar:
Online seminar, equivalent to on-site seminar
Eligible for participation:
Students enrolled in BA PVS, after completion of the core modules
29/10/2021 to
Dates of synchronous sessions:
05/11, 24/11, 25/11, and 26/11/2021,
90 to 120 minutes per session
Dr. Renate Reiter
Lisa Walter, MA
Juna Toska, MA
Registration deadline:
Regristration procedure:
online registration
Contact for further information:
Dr. Renate Reiter, Email: renate.reiter
Lisa Walter, MA, Email:
Juna Toska, MA, Email: juna.toska
Maximum number of participants:
Whether the seminar is held will be decided after registration is closed. You will be informed immediately.


Since numbers of asylum applications rose significantly especially in 2015/16, asylum policy has become a key issue of political conflict in Germany. Asylum policies rest on a complex legal basis, which has been changed and expanded repeatedly in recent years. Different levels of the German federal state are responsible for different aspects of asylum policies. The national level – influenced by EU asylum policies – is responsible for legislation on asylum. Represented by the Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, it also processes asylum applications through the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees) with its offices. The states and municipalities are responsible for the provision of basic social services (housing, health care provision, access to education and labor markets) according to the Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz (AsylbLG, law on service provision to asylum seekers). This seminar focuses on how the asylum seekers’ right to public services has changed across in areas (housing, health care provision, access to education and labor markets) since the 1990s. It asks questions about the conditions and the reality of implementing this right to public services since 2015/16.


Schammann, Hannes and Danielle Gluns (2021): Migrationspolitik. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Schammann, Hannes (2018): Migrations- und Flüchtlingspolitik. In: Wielant Machleidt, Andreas Heinz and Marcel Sieberer (eds.): Praxis der interkulturellen Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie. Migration und psychische Gesundheit. 2. ed., Munich: Elsevier, Urban & Fischer, pp. 299–307.

Seminar structure

Course material will be provided through Moodle. This seminar is taught as a coordinated combination of synchronous (5 sessions of 90 to 120 minutes in Zoom) and asynchronous (group tasks in Moodle) forms of learning, i.e., students should expect to take 2 to 3 hours per week for asynchronous individual or group assignments between synchronous sessions.


Technical requirements

Computer with stable LAN/WLAN connection, camera, headphones with microphone, ideally Zoom software installed in advance. You can find the links to the Zoom sessions in the syllabus. Zoom sessions are open an additional half hour in advance and after class.