About us

Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V. (fka) is an independent, non-profit association that has actively promoted the rights and humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Karlsruhe and surrounding areas since 1987.

What we do

Our main purpose is to provide, through state funding, procedural and social counselling for newly arrived refugees in the state initial reception centres in Karlsruhe (LEA) and Mannheim (BEA). In addition to this, we advise immigrants throughout all the stages of their stay. We support social workers and counselling centres in providing asylum-related legal consultations for their clients and work in close cooperation with local administrations to assist refugees living in their municipalities. As a participant of the federal programme “People Strengthen People”, we support volunteer participation. Our workshops “Intercultural Competency in Tandem”, run in cooperation with Volute e.V., strengthen the intercultural competency skills of refugees and volunteers alike. Another focus of ours is working with refugee women and children; for example, we provide low-threshold seminars for refugee women on behalf of BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees).

Our social focus ranges from accommodating newly arrived refugees to overseeing complex tasks such integrating recognized refugees. The state of Baden-Württemberg and leading municipal associations (at the district and city level) have agreed on a pact for integration, with focus given on supporting refugees being accommodated in the respective communities. Two-thirds of our full-time staff has an immigrant background from over 20 countries, representing six religious affiliations, and together they are proficient in over 40 languages. Therefore, it is no surprise that FKA has a wide network of integration attendants and interpreters.

Our headquarters are located at the Menschenrechtszentrum (Human Rights Centre) in close proximity to the preliminary reception centre (LEA) for asylum seekers in Karlsruhe. The administrative office, the Atman Institute, a second counselling centre as well as an office for immigration consultation for adult immigrants are located at Rüppurrer Str. 56. The FKA team is also active in advising refugees and asylum seekers at its site at the preliminary reception centre (BEA) Benjamin Franklin Village in Mannheim. In contrast to other German states, for over 20 years there were no independent information centres at preliminary reception centres in Baden-Württemberg besides FKA. This concrete experience and expertise, particularly in counselling on asylum procedures, has made FKA a unique organisation in the field of migration.

Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V. is supported by the city of Karlsruhe and by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.

You can download our brochure (in German) as a PDF file here!

Executive board

Christoph Schneller
Martina Weber
Priska Löhr


Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V.
Alter Schlachthof 59
76131 Karlsruhe

Tel: 0721 96639 37
Fax: 0721 96639 39