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More German politicians want to take Afghan migrants

Berlin - After the first German evacuation flights from Afghanistan, other politicians have shown themselves ready to take in refugees in Germany. The North Rhine-Westphalian Integration Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) told the Der Tagesspiegel on Wednesday that his state immediately had space for 800 so-called local employees. It is also possible “that we can also provide additional capacities for those who have helped us as allies on the ground”.

At the same time, the FDP politician called on the federal government to convene an international conference based on the model of the 1979 Geneva Vietnam Conference. At that time a solution was found for the boat refugees from Vietnam and hundreds of thousands were saved. "Here you should set up a conference very quickly with large countries such as the USA, Canada and France to see who is ready to take over which contingents and when."

Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) announced on Tuesday: “We will not be able to help everyone, but we will be able to help many.” He assumes that a new wave of refugees is approaching Germany. “And I think that will come our way. Not today and not tomorrow, but maybe in two or three months.” So he asked the Senate to prepare for it. In the past few days, politicians, asylum organizations and the Evangelical Church had spoken out in favor of a generous reception of Afghans.

The Federal Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday: “The Bundeswehr has immediately set up a functioning airlift since Monday. We evacuate as long and as many as possible. "

Hesse also wants to take in migrants
The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs announced that it would take part in the reception of migrants from Afghanistan. "After the federal regulation, Hesse will of course also fulfill its humanitarian obligation and help in this context." Currently, the evacuations are controlled by the federal government. “The state of Hesse is in close contact with the federal authorities.” Frankfurt's integration officer Sylvia Weber (SPD) said the city wanted to be a “safe haven”. "With over 12,000 people, we have a large Afghan community in Frankfurt."

A large majority of Germans also fear that numerous migrants will make their way to Germany again. Around two thirds (63 percent) are worried about mass immigration like 2015, according to a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey for the Augsburger Allgemeine. The rest were undecided. AfD, Union and FDP voters in particular are concerned about a significant influx of immigrants from Afghanistan.

"There is no reason why an Afghan should come to Austria now"
Meanwhile, Austria's federal government is resisting demands to accept Afghans. "Illegal migration, which runs through a dozen safe countries and where migrants simply choose a destination, must be stopped," said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) shortly before the consultations of the EU interior ministers, which are scheduled for Wednesday. "There is no reason why an Afghan should come to Austria now."

Austria has granted protection to more than 130,000 people in recent years. Among them were around 35,000 Afghans. “That alone shows clearly that the discussion about additional admission cannot be a big topic for Austria.” The minister emphasized that young men from Afghanistan in particular represent “a great challenge for the integration and social system” because they are often people with a "low level of education" or illiterate.

Nehammer reiterated his demand that the EU should make Afghanistan's neighbors responsible for accepting migrants. "That means that the top priority is now to talk to the neighboring countries of Afghanistan so that protection and help is guaranteed in the region - in line with the Geneva Refugee Convention." The EU must now "take precautions to prevent migration to Europe" .

French President Emmanuel Macron (En Marche) also announced that he would work to ensure that there would be no new influx of refugees to Europe. The EU interior ministers are due to discuss possible solutions on Wednesday. How the Germany government stands on the project is currently unclear. The Federal Ministry of the Interior left a request from Junge Freheit unanswered for two days.

Source: Junge Freiheit
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