Friday, August 27, 2021
The federal government should help financially
Dreyer: Take in refugees in a coordinated manner
It is clear that people from Afghanistan come to Germany. How they are distributed and integrated in this country not yet. Therefore, the federal states and municipalities are demanding coordination and money at an early stage. This is the only way to achieve integration on site in the end.
The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, has called for financial support from the federal government as well as a coordinated approach by the federal, state and local governments to take in Afghan refugees. “It is important to enable the Afghan people who are already in Germany or who come to Germany as part of the evacuation to fully integrate into our society, into training and into the job market,” said Dreyer of the “Rheinische Post”.
“This is a joint task of the federal, state and local governments,” Dreyer told the newspaper. A coordinated approach is necessary for this. “Integration happens locally in the federal states and in the municipalities. There is great willingness and commitment to tackle this joint acceptance,” said the SPD politician. “However, it will be very important to support this path appropriately financially. The federal government must not leave the states alone in this. We see the federal government as particularly responsible for financing.”
The President of the City Council, Burkhard Jung, made a very similar statement. He called for a federal-state discussion with the participation of the municipalities on the reception and integration of refugees from Afghanistan. The municipalities had to be at the table “right from the start” when planning to take in and integrate people, Jung told the “Rheinische Post”. Integration is taking place in the cities, said the Mayor of Leipzig.
The President of the City Council expects more refugees
It is “also about language acquisition, integration courses and training so that people can find work,” said Jung of the newspaper. That has to be prepared and organized. Many cities have expressly agreed to accept Afghan refugees. “That should be taken into account when the people are distributed through the humanitarian admission programs of the federal and state governments,” said Jung.
He expected the arrival of more refugees beyond the people who were now evacuated. “We should look the truth in the eye. People will continue to leave Afghanistan,” said the President of the City Council. For 20 years, many had experienced “that democracy is possible, women have rights and the weakest are protected”. That is why a clear statement from the federal government is needed. “Because at the end of the day we will have to be ready to take in more refugees,” said Jung.
NRW Integration Minister Joachim Stamp called on the federal government to organize the admission of Afghan refugees outside of Europe as well. Stamp told the newspaper that “safe places around the world must be created for people who are particularly threatened by the Taliban.” This will probably not work alone within the EU.
The mistake of 2014 should not be repeated now, explained Stamp. At that time, the neighboring countries of Syria were left in the lurch in providing refugees and promised financial aid to UN organizations was not paid. This meant that Syrian refugees could no longer be adequately cared for and then triggered the great movement of refugees to Europe.