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18.12.2020International Day of Migrants: Solidarity is the Currency “Even if we have many urgent problems to deal with at the moment, Germany has to pay attention to its immigration policy in the long term”, says Anja Piel, executive board member of the DGB on December 18, the international day the migrant proclaimed by the United Nations in 2000. The Federal Government is currently dealing with the ‘New Pact on Asylum and Migration’ published by the European Commission. “This is about nothing less than the realignment of asylum and migration policy in Europe,” says Anja Piel. This pact describes the components of solidarity and responsibility as inseparable factors for the issue of asylum. What is needed is a mechanism of compulsory solidarity between those EU states that accept many and those others that hardly or no asylum seekers. Anja Piel says: “We understand something about solidarity. It’s in the genes of the trade unions; we know that one is only strong in solidarity. “
There is also work to be done for a well-functioning migration. “Instead of isolation, it is imperative that labor migration routes be opened up. As DGB, we have been calling for this for many years, ”says Piel. The resumption of negotiations on the ‘Blue Card’ and the idea of partnerships for skilled workers are therefore to be welcomed. “However, the focus of migration must not only be economic usability, because – as in the first generations of immigrants – people are still coming”. The DGB sees the urgent need to understand the participation of immigrants as a task for society as a whole and to enable them to participate politically. The ‘New Pact on Asylum and Migration’ should be politically coordinated in the German Council Presidency in the second half of 2020. Interior Minister Seehofer even dared to agree on a ‘fundamental political solution’. At the end of the German Council Presidency, instead of the agreements, a progress report will be published, which is a long list of wishes, commitments and intentions that will need to be clarified at a later date. “Unfortunately, we are still a long way from a political solution. We wish the Portuguese Presidency of the Council fortune and the majorities necessary to implement much of the list at hand,” said Piel. “The way to re-regulate migration and asylum in Europe is obviously rocky and full of detours, but there is no alternative to finding it. The idea of the United Nations, which is behind the convention for migrants and the international day of the migrants, should be the politically responsible inspiration and goal formulation ”.
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