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Greens: Germany should accept a quarter of all Mediterranean migrants


Berlin - The Greens in the Bundestag have called for Germany to be more committed to accepting boat migrants. "As an interim solution, Germany should definitely take part in a new version of the Malta Mechanism and, analogous to its population size, take in a quarter of those rescued from distress at sea," said the refugee policy spokeswoman for the Green parliamentary group, Luise Amtsberg, to Welt.

In 2019, Italy, Malta, Germany and France agreed in the Maltese capital Valletta that Germany should always take in a quarter of all boat refugees. However, the agreement was designed as a "temporary emergency mechanism".

Numerous cities are ready to take in more migrants who come across the Mediterranean, added the Green politician. With this, Amtsberg probably alluded to the “Safe Haven” alliance of the “Seebrücke” initiative. According to his information, more than 250 cities in Germany have now agreed to accept more migrants.

The federal government should work for refugee aid associations
Amtsberg also demanded that the federal government must "vigorously advocate that the sea rescue ships that have been set up may leave for their missions". Italy and other Mediterranean countries regularly prevent ships belonging to refugee aid associations from going back to sea.

The number of migrants coming to Italy via the Mediterranean rose sharply in the first four months of 2021 compared to previous years. As of May 10, the Ministry of the Interior in Rome registered almost 13,000 arrivals. In the previous year there were around 4,200 in this period, two years ago it was around 1,000. Scientists suspect that the wave of refugees will continue beyond the summer months. Experience shows that the number of boat crossings increases during this time of year. Most recently, mass arrivals on the Italian island of Lampedusa and in the Spanish exclave of Ceuta made headlines.

Also FDP for the redistribution of immigrants
Even the deputy FDP chairman in the Bundestag, Stephan Thomae, calls, according to Welt, to relieve the Mediterranean states. To this end, "the federal government should join forces with ten or eleven other European states that are ready to lead migrants to an orderly asylum procedure". The number of asylum seekers is “not so immensely high” that the situation cannot be controlled.

The FDP is generally in favor of permanent mass immigration. The Federal Republic needs an immigration of around 500,000 people per year in order to maintain the current economic and social standard, said the deputy chairman of the FDP parliamentary group, Christian Dürr, to Welt. This is necessary “if we want to adhere to the debt brake and keep social security contributions stable”.

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