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Germany: Greens are demanding more rights for foreigners and more money for integration


BERLIN. The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag has called for more rights for foreigners and more funding for integration organizations. "We have to answer structural problems with structural measures," said its integration policy spokeswoman, Filiz Polat, on Tuesday to the German Press Agency. "This means, for example, a move away from short-term project funding towards permanent funding of organizations." She reiterated the call for a law to promote democracy.

In addition, according to Polat, a new nationality law is needed. “Multiple nationality should become the rule and the option obligation be abolished without any ifs or buts.” The latter obliges the children of certain foreign parents to choose between German and foreign citizenship up to their 21st birthday.

Right to vote for non-EU citizens
In addition, the Green politician called for local voting rights for citizens of non-EU countries and an anti-discrimination law in the federal government. In this way, those affected could defend themselves against discrimination not only in their private lives, but also against the authorities. "The law must contain a right of action for associations so that victims of discrimination are not left to their own devices."

According to Polat, there is also a need for a federal participation law with a binding quota of underrepresented groups in the federal administration. "The yardstick for recording a quota could be a voluntary and data protection-compliant self-disclosure about racist experiences." The interior ministries led by the Union have lacked "awareness and sensitivity for the issue of racism" in recent years.

"Too many doors stay closed to people of color"
The 13th integration summit will take place on Tuesday, this year in digital form. This is headed by the Federal Government's Integration Commissioner, Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU). Among other things, the topic will be strategies for more participation in the health system, in culture, the media and in sport.

On Monday, Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckhardt called for more state efforts to improve the chances of immigrants. "Still too many doors remain closed to people of color and people with a history of immigration," she told the AFP news agency. "We finally have to get to grips with the structures in order to achieve real changes in our immigration society."

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