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Moria refugees: Germany is the target

Since September, 2,765 migrants from Lesbos have arrived in Germany and have been distributed to the federal states. With such actions, Germany is taking an absolutely special path in Europe.

The federal government has fulfilled its plan. As announced in September 2020, a good 2,750 migrants from the Greek reception center Moria have entered Germany to date. More precisely, there were 2,765 people, as the Interior Ministry now announced in response to a parliamentary request from the Bundestag member Anton Friesen (AfD).

Among those admitted are 1,562 "persons entitled to protection in the family network", as well as 203 unaccompanied minor asylum seekers and 246 children in need of treatment with their families. The latter families in turn make up 1,035 people. The stony path of integration into a foreign country can now begin for all of them. However, there is not necessarily a need to do so, because the German state is ready to cushion the non-integration of those arriving through social benefits with an eternity guarantee.

Most of the migrants were taken by North Rhine-Westphalia with 696 people. Lower Saxony and the city-states of Berlin and Hamburg follow, each with around 300 migrants. 200 made their way to Bavaria this way, and twelve to Saarland. The resettlement campaign is apparently running, certainly with the prospect of permanent residence . It is also the result of a specific discussion and debate culture in this country.

Friesen: Admission does not reduce the pressure to migrate
After the chair action in front of the Reichstag and the gradual burning down of Moria from September 8th, a discussion quickly broke out in Germany, which once again led to the result "We have space". At that time one often read the words that these settlements were only "a first step", "this first step must be followed by another ..." and the like. With 13,000 Moria homeless people at the time believed that they had a good reservoir from which to draw. It remained completely unclear on what legal basis this relocation took place.

Anton Friesen does not believe that taking in migrants from Greek camps solves any problem and considers the policy pursued at this point to be "irresponsible": "It neither prevents migration pressure on Greece, Germany and Europe, nor does it help those affected." On the other hand, it does increase "the incentive to set fire to one's own accommodation", as happened in Moria and elsewhere, "in order to then be accepted into the social welfare state of Germany at the expense of the German taxpayer."

In the end, every Moria refugee also has a realistic chance of getting to Germany through the Greek asylum procedure and the subsequent use of freedom of movement. Six Afghans have now been convicted of arson in Moria. It is assumed that there were other perpetrators as well.

The “European solution” for resettlement has failed
The other European countries that had agreed to accept Moria migrants in September got to work less eagerly than Germany. Ten countries - including France, the Netherlands and Switzerland - initially wanted to take in unaccompanied minors in particular. EU countries such as Austria, Denmark and Sweden, on the other hand, kept a low profile. In the end, France agreed to accept 1,000 migrants, but has not yet done so, according to the RND only 576 enter. Portugal even promised to take in 1,500 migrants, but only allowed 81 to arrive. So it is no wonder that the discussion about relocations - as in practice - has remained primarily a German one. Horst Seehofer's attempt to Europeanise this emergency aid campaign can be considered a failure. Last summer, the French already looked at the German Refugees Welcome parades with a mixture of astonishment and fascination.

Another appeal by 243 members of the Bundestag followed at Christmas to accept even more migrants from the Greek islands. It was signed by Volker Kauder and Saskia Esken, but also by Wolfgang Kubicki and Dietmar Bartsch. Numerous municipalities, cities and federal states were ready to take part. But the federal government had not even allocated that many migrants. The NDR had already felt responsible for the acquisition of places and asked 52 "safe havens" in Northern Germany. And what is the purpose of all of this? The "Tagesschau" [Germany's most important news show] knows it: The federal government gives itself “a good report card”.

According to a survey by the ZDF Politbarometer, as Welt reported, 46 percent were against Germany going it alone on this issue. But that's exactly what it is today, if you look at the numbers and the public discussion. At that time 43 percent were in favor of the apparently unlimited admission of migrants from the Aegean in a national solo effort, nine percent were against any admission. As is well known, nine plus 46 percent results in an absolute majority. So it is no wonder that 62 percent of those surveyed at the time expected another pull effect from the campaign.

Thuringian organizations for further relocations
But individual politicians as well as migration-friendly associations want to perpetuate the admission campaign. Carola Ensslen from the Hamburg Left Party also called for a state acceptance program for Hamburg, as already existed in Thuringia and Berlin. However, it remains without independent legal force as long as the federal government does not agree (which has now apparently happened in the case of Bremen). You can tell from such state programs what pressure is being exerted on the politicians who are really responsible and by whom.

18 Thuringian organizations are calling for more Aegean migrants. Decolonize Erfurt, the DGB-Youth Erfurt, Ende Gelände Jena, the Refugee Council Thuringia, various Fridays-for-Future-Associations, the Nature's Friends Youth Erfurt, a Refugee Law Clinic Jena, the NGO Seebrücken [Sea Bridges] from Erfurt and Jena and the ver.di-Youth Thuringia.

Source: Tichys Einblick
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