Migration - Basic topical considerations.
Death in the Mediterranean - Chaos of Transit Care - Contradicting Acceptance and Illegal Paths - Illusion of European Country Quotas, Translation of the original German version by Elisabeth von Breitenbuch.

Translated from the German original by Elisabeth von Breitenbuch

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2015 09 07

The German Federal Minister of the Interior is expecting 800,000 people to migrate to Germany. Rejecting them at the borders of either Germany or of the area representing freedom of movement under the Schengen Agreement does not appear to be seen as a viable option. Thus it seems that these people – after going through the process of initial registration and administrative procedures - will either be allowed to stay, or will be deported. If, as has happened in the past, a maximum of one quarter of new arrivals will be deported, 600,000 will remain. This is what the government seems to expect. Their willingness to accept these figures is also based on Germany’s need to compensate a massive demographic decline. However, there is no plausible plan for selecting suitable immigrants, or where and how any number of immigrants are to be looked after, and integrated. The only activity of note is the - glaringly inadequate - provision of transit camps. The needless portion of the monies needed for initial care and registration, plus the resources for the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees, already estimated to amount to billions of Euros, could be spent more effectively on organized help for refugees to settle permanently.

In spite of the willingness to take them in, potential immigrants are sent back if they arrive by air, ship or Oriental railway; thus they are dependent on criminal immigration networks which exploit them according to black market principles and carry them in perilous boats across the Mediterranean or via unspeakable overland routes whose uncertainty is further intensified by razor-sharp barbed wire fences. The result is a pre-selection of the fittest in body and mind, and any disability among those wanting to immigrate is discounted. If they make it to Germany, the primary selection criterion in the admission process is the law which is applicable here, under which ‘those persecuted on political grounds shall have the right to asylum’. Such a law precludes any selection according to criteria of interest. On the other hand, as the majority of these refugees have fled from areas of civil war, or from regions where the system of government is not conducive to protect its citizens, or simply from states where the conditions are such that they no longer want to live there, ‘political persecution’ does not apply. Apart from that, no pattern, essential if the integration of immigrants is to be successful, is apparent to the people in Germany who are, in fact, highly interested, nor is it clear if and how aspects such as the immigrants’ ability to look after themselves or to integrate, or of family ties or specific interests of either their countries of origin or destination, are taken into account.

It does not make sense to show willingness to take in millions on the one hand, and to implement this willingness, but not to create sufficient options for legal immigration (in combination with the consistent rejection of illegal immigrants) and instead to virtually press those wanting to immigrate to embark onto death marches overland with insufficient provisions with no defined routes but manifold obstacles (including razor-sharp barbed wire fences) or to cross the Mediterranean under similarly murderous conditions. By the same token, in view of this willingness it does not make sense to hope for these or other circumstances of migration to act as deterrents.

What we are facing is the government‘s failure that is akin to not safeguarding internal or external security. One has to bear in mind that in a democracy the people not only rule but are also responsible for the failure of its government, and that mass immigration that is not widely accepted is bound to end in a chaos whose precursors we have seen already. The fact that the integration of immigrants is not more of a concern to this society is linked to shortcomings in the body politic and in society. It is essential now that all powers on all levels of government and administration, and of all political parties and of society, are deployed in order to plan in detail, and implement, the full, effective, long-term integration of several millions of immigrants.

The topic of admission quota for EU member states that has recently moved into the focus of daily politics obscures the core of the problem, nor is it likely that admission quota will ever be agreed. As such quota are not only a burden but also represent an opportunity for benefit, and as these quota affect not only the interests of the countries of destination but also those of the countries of origin, it would be necessary to link them according to personal attributes, e.g. origin and qualifications. Instead, political efforts should focus on a solution that could look like this: Each European country decides independently how many immigrants it wants to admit, and on which conditions (health, language skills, age, education, family ties), communicates this to the countries of origin and authorizes legal immigration In order to allow this procedure to be implemented, the countries of immigration jointly and consistently prevent any illegal entry into Europe by closing the European land border with Turkey and by immediately returning to the area of their embarkation all illegal immigrants picked up in the Mediterranean or the Aegean, or in their riparian states. The accompanying funding of charitable ‘initial registration facilities‘ for people returned in this way would be a mere fraction of the expenditures incurred for the initial registration in the countries of immigration.

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