Schlagwort-Archive: culture

Intercultural Opening

Aydan Özoğuz is one of the six representatives of the federal chairmen of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) since December 2011 and commissary of the federal government for migration, refugees and integration since 2013. In face of the current times of unrest, this position should be one of much activity and engagement; the reason for the attention she is getting from the public hasn’t much to do with enthusiasm or her workload though, but with her progressive ideas she introduced under the slogan of Intercultural Opening.

Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge

Germany, a country of immigrants?

On the 14th of November, the ninth integration summit took place in the chancellor’s office. Invited by Angela Merkel herself, prepared by Aydan Özoğuz. Focal point were the duties of the citizenry; and the integration of refugees. To this purpose, a discussion paper was drafted and designed, which outlines the intercultural change of Germany on 28 pages. It was created by an editor group of several <Migrantorganisations>, supported by the comissary of migrations, via the <nonprofit Analysis- and Consultinghouse> Phineo, unter the slogan of: <It’s us! Shapening the immigration society.> The last pages of the paper shows of what these organisations are composed. The fact, that a minister of state supports this paper, speaks for itself anyways.

So what then is covered in this paper? First, the term of intercultural opening is being defined vaguely. Barriers for individuals with a migration background shall be removed, social services are to be offered culturally sensitive, the perspective of other cultures are to considered more thouroughly und every form of racism or discrimination has to be condemned, for they are the real reason for the rampant violence and the barbarization of discourse. This intercultural change then shall be rooted constitutionally and thus mad legally binding. The german republic, which is unceremoniously labelled as a country of immigration, shall embed the national goal in it’s constitution, that it is just that und that all federal levels are obliged to equality and integration.

Quotas for everybody

Furthermore, more laws and regulations against discrimination, diversity budgeting und bureaucratical controls of the enacted diversity. The aforementioned migrant organisations also demand a council on the federal level for themselves, the support of at least ten million € annually and official certificates for their profession, as to make their antidescrimination highly official. It continues with quotas for individuals with migration background in leading positions, who in turn are to be accompanied by special programs, which in turn again are being designed by said migrant organisations. Additionally funds are to be used for public campaigns, to adjust the current lack of representation of migrants in these positions. Other proposals follow, like the anonymization of job applications and the implementation of a discrimination-monitoring at the job market, which ends – at least in the shortend overview of the introduction – with the strengthening of discrimination protection and the provision of federal money for the research of discrimination structures in organizations and institutions.

Thus this list of measures reads like a list of demands to the government and society itself; not much to be seen of actual efforts from the responsible organisations, and no coverage of actual integration attempts from the migrants at all. Instead, it seems to be the belief, that showering the migrants with money, positions and special rights until they automatically integrate themselves will be the solution. Or the expectation, that integration isn’t even needed and a redistribution of ressources is wanted instead. The fact that these audacious demands are supported by official parts of the government suggests, that there is not any respect or understanding of the sovereign nation and it’s citizenry left. Or like Vera Langsfeld phrased it: Integration summit or state coup?

Multiculturalism via law

Only a few days earlier, Özoğuz drew medial and political attention through dubious statements. After the  Interior Ministry banned an islamic association, which was known for distributing free examples of the Quran in german cities, and the police instigated crackdowns in numerous apartments and mosques across the country, she held an interview with the TV channel Phoenix about this event. Therein she speaks about previous crackdowns that didn’t produce any results and describes prevalent arbitrariness against such groups and institutions, issues a warning about conspiracy theories – what the state does against these people – and advises a sense of proportion against such measures and purposes. She also implies that the state and society are to blame – that the lack of openness lead to the radicalization, assuming the role of the victim for them. After a revolting echo from the public, she tried to put her statements into perspective immediately, talked about her faith in our security personnel and argued for a better activity of prevention.

In the same month, she warned of a general ban on child marriage. With flimsy arguments like the potential loss of aliments and hereditary titles, she tried to back the stance of her fellow SPD politician Heiko Maas. In regards to him, we take a quick look into the past: Beginning with this year, the Ministry of Justice passed a bill to reform the law governing sexual offenses, which was allegedly already planned and released before the events of Cologne at New Year Eve. Alas, his long prepared reform, about which the minister displayed such relief, was too lax and didn’t reach far enough in the perception of the public and earned criticism and demands for an harsher approach from most political parties, including his own. Months later new demands arose concerning the abrupt rise of child marriages that appeared in Germany because of the migrant crisis.

Maas talked about this himself, to not tolerate any child marriages and that a new bill will be done before the year is over. Shortly after, a new draft implied the opposite, so that the marriage would remain as long as the well-being of the child wasn’t at risk. Again, criticism followed. The attempt of justification was the story, that the draft that got leaked was supposedly outdated. Since then, more announcements and promises follow, that remain insubstantial, while the pressure grows. Miss Özoğuz‘ statements, in this light, can be seen as the general stance of the social democrats.

Red-Red-Green variety

Naturally, the integration commissary and Mister Maas aren’t the only ones who want to push and further the intercultural opening of Germany. The governing state coalition of the SPD and the Green party in Lower Saxony passed in the proposal to extend the offer of foreign languages for all pupils in their schools with the following: Turkish, Arabic, Polish and Farsi, from elementary school up to high school. Even bilingual preschools are a topic, to further the establishment of parallel societies as early as possible. This idea probably came after a look at the national capital of Berlin. There, an old debate from ten years ago repeated itself, when the Hoover Oberschule in Berlin Wedding decided with great consensus to implement German as the compulsory language at the school. Representatives from turkish communities and organizations as well as from the green party criticized it heavily, despite the success it had. Now, the new governing coalition from SPD, Die Linke and Die Grünen assumedly made a deal with the aforementioned turkish groups, as they demand that the new government makes true on their election promises and repeal the compulsory language from all schools. The results of such educational politics can already be seen in the case of Berlin. The ultimate consequences for the whole society are rather inconceivable.

The same government in Berlin not only has plans for their education politics, but for the asylum- and migration-politics as well. Red-Red-Green plans to explore every option of abusing the current Residence Act – which Katina Schubert von Die Linke calls racist and rotten – to deport as few denied asylumseekers as possible and to complicate the deportation as much as possible. Via the commission for hardship cases and suspension of deportation, migrants who didn’t get a residence permit shall obtain it nevertheless, by staying as long as possible in the country, until they get the necessary permits through time and the german passport after eight years of stay – despite all illegitimacy. Additionally, detention pending deportation shall be abolished, instead using so-called deportation observers, who are supposed to make the process transparent and are being made available by organisations like PRO ASYL.

Open borders, banned messages

In the meantime, it has to be guaranteed, that the image and reputation remains adequate for the intercultural opening, that the right words and pictures are used, to describe the process for the national citizens and paint it in the right light. After the political earthquake of the Brexit and the US american elections of Donald Trump, which was greatly influenced by social media and impacted it all the same, the agenda of the MSM und it’s direct interaction with the political caste was made blatantly obvious, it’s reputation suffered hard, and it is now on the european media and political elite, to battle the phantom of the so-called trolls and their newest creation: Fake News.

The hysterical panic over the growing expansion of alternative media and reports in the internet reaches ever-new heights; such heights, that Heiko Maas and his leading Stasi general Anetta Kahane aren’t sufficient anymore to wage this war. After the warnings of parting US president Obama in Berlin – fresh after the loss of Hillary Clinton, whom he supported all throughout her campaign, and which in turn entertained more than dubious relationships with the US MSM, as was revealed by Wikileaks -, several german politicians followed suit. Sigmar Gabriel, Heiko Maas, Volker Kauder, among others, demanded stricter laws and regulations against hate speech, radical tendencies and sanctions against operators of relevant platforms who don’t abide by those. Facebook and Google already planned for such measures taken against so-called Fake News, without there ever being any form of discussion on the matter what applies to this terminology. As such, it wasn’t a big surprise when Angela Merkel herself reused the same accusations and demands, after announcing her candidature for the upcoming elections in 2017, as well as the wish for new laws pertaining this topic. At this speech, she also managed the phenomenal sentence: <Openness will bring us more security than isolation.>

Diversity at every cost

And obviously, the country needs more openness. For some people in here, it can’t be open enough and it cannot get full enough. How many immigrants are still flooding into the country on a daily basis is impossible to tell: Polish smugglersentry via Swissdirectly flown in out of Italy or Greece. There is no end in sight, as long as the ones responsible hold onto their absurd politics, repeating their delusional mantra over and over again: Migration is not the problem, but the solution. Thus told the soon-to-be general secretary of the United Nations, António Guterres, his french audience, consisting of politicians and researchers. He persists, that that nations of the European Union have to be forced to accept the burden of mass-immigration. The europeans have to be convinced, that migration is unavoidable, and that it’s multi-ethnical, multi-cultural, multi-religious societies, that create wealth; says Guterres.

If these allegations have any rooting in reality, or if Guterres could name any examples of that, wasn’t reported. With a little bit of effort, one can visualize the best possible outcome already. Be it in the field of social society, like the case of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where the degenerating problems of the migrantcrisis are forcing the local mayor to surrender before a small horde of North Africans. Be it in the field of economics, where the media attempts to convince the citizenry, that the refugees will save us from a recession. Be it in the field of security, where the cases of violence against german citizens and especially the police is growing more and more, revealing a ever-rising potential of brutality and impudence. Oder ultimately be it in the field of demographics – where pure numbers and statistics document our horrible future.

As a finish for this article, i had intended a quote from Dr. Václav Klaus, Czech politican and former president, in the latest symposium about massimmigration. But this wouldn’t do him justice. Instead, i will link the following video of an interview with him and former german state TV news anchor, Eva Herman.

Václav Klaus: Germany is the battlefield of Europe.

A look at multicultural Europe through an outsider’s eyes – Podesta eMails

Through Wikileak’s work, tens of thousands of emails from John Podesta’s private account got released in the past months. Not only did they entail various scandals and shady dealing among the masses of mundane communication, but a few reports about Germany and other european nations concerning their struggles with multiculturalism, immigrants, globalism and the left elite. Following are a select few of these emails.

The german translations of three of them can be found in the Podesta eMails Part I, Part II and Part III.


Multikultistan: A house of horrors for ordinary Germans


What’s the difference between a German and a shopping cart? A shopping cart has got a mind of its own


While most centrist & leftwing politicians lie liberally about (esp. Continental) Europe’s Immigration Disaster, Angela Merkel & Wouter Bos once blurted out the terrible truth, thereby sounding just like Pim Fortuyn


Let me present the best of Jewish humor — one of Jews’ survival strategies for when matters get unheimlich, as they always do in Dunkeleuropa……..

Meseberger Declaration. Germany’s Integration Policy

Despite there being plenty of ongoing or recent events that appear to be more severe, urgent, dramatic – Brexit, Orlando, Turkish diplomacy, UEFA Euro to name a few -, i would like to start this off with another topic: The German Integration Policy, which was enacted  at the 25. of May in Meseberg.

Migration Integration

More freedom for migrants

The involving problems do not only outline several relevant conflicts that are intertwined with the aforementioned events; one should never forget what developments are taking place on a daily basis, while the public attention rests on the usual headlines.
Usually this topic would requiere endless discussions und declarations to even have a foundation and understanding of this ongoing catastrophe, alas, the behemoth named Migrant Crisis is receiving a verbal beatdown anywhere and anytime, therefore being no need for me to repeat all of these mind-numbing events. The borders were opened, the so-called refugees – which i will call migrants from here on out, as long as there is no need to speficy the term – flooded Germany and the rest of Europe and now have to be integrated as fast and efficiently as possible through political and social means. That’s the theory, at least.
Before contemplating the possibilites and impossibilites of the practical implementation that the policy intends, one should look at the general goal of it.

To quote from the Meseberger Declaration on Integration:

„For successful integration it is indispensable that migrants learn German quickly, that they are swiftly integrated into training, tertiary studies and the job market, that they understand and respect the foundations on which German society is built, and that they respect the laws of the land.“ [1]

The domestic political actions to be taken are:

  • Impartation of values and language abilities in integration courses. Said courses need to be organized and provided more quickly and are going to be increased from 60 to 100 hours, with greater capacities and a decrease in the right of participation from two years to one.
  • The country is allowed and endorsed to relocate the asylum seekers wherever it is deemed effizient.
  • 100.000 additional employment opportunities are created for asylum seekers through national funds. The regulated preference of citizens of the EU is suspended for three years.
  • Easier conditions for obtaining an apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship and six months after completion, the permit to stay is guaranteed. Furthermore, access to subsidies is to be gained more easily.
  • Violation of integration duties are to be punished by cutting of payments, a permanent stay permit should be motivation for efforts of integration. [1,2]

Integration on commission

These are cornerstones of the integration policy, without going into too much detail. Federel Government representatives proclaimed it a „milestone“, a „real paradigm shift“ in the history of immigration in Germany.
As usual, reality presents itself vastly different.

  • Raising the necessary hours taken in the integration courses and expanding them is generally a good idea to teach migrants essential knowledge about the country that’s hosting them.
    Alas, it is already known that there’s a huge shortage of teaching staff everywhere, leading to waiting lists and cancelled courses already in the year of 2015. Furthermore, the jobs are paid poorly (around 1.000€ net income per month), generating a bad motivation from the get-go for everyone involved. Minister of the Interior, Thomaz de Maizière, demanded a raise in salaries himself, but there’s still no mention of actual plans to implement the like of it. Aside from avoiding the question of how to establish these expanded courses in the first place, more problems will surface in the courses themselves, as can be seen at a much younger age in elementary schools. [3, 4, 5, 6]
  • Administration of municipalities and federal states are to be relieved via residential obligation, as well as to avoid an increase in ghettos and parallel societies in metropolitan areas.
    What’s lacking is an actual plan to tackle those that refuse to stay at their assigned home for various reasons. The same goes for the hundreds of thousands who were never registered in the first place and simply vanished after crossing the border. Additional problems emerge from bureaucratical obstacles, asylum seekers that got registered multiple times as well as stolen or forged ID cards. [7]
  • There’s much to discuss about the notion that access and participation is mandatory for a successful integration. Most of the related issues are blatantly clear in such a manner that this isn’t really necesarry in this context.
    Most migrants won’t be able to use the german language in a work-related way anytime soon, english skills might be slightly more prevalent but still won’t suffice for a proper work relationship, general education and social skills are expected to be heavily underdeveloped as well – no one believes in the legend of foreign experts anymore. And even those few highly educated people that really are to be found in the inbound masses will propably face problems of cultural  discrepancies, as can be seen from examples of syrian doctors.
    Those who are actively trying to integrate themselves will overcome these obstacles regardless.
    Those who are actively trying to avoid any sort of obligation or don’t want to work won’t be affected by these measures at all.
    It needs to be mentioned that the priority review, that guarantees priorization of residents of the EU for a job application, is to be suspended for three years. Besides being an obvious disadvantage for the EU’s own citizens, there is no actual correlation between the priority review and the amount of rejected applications from asylum seekers. [8, 9]
  • Facilitated access to an apprenticeship and a permanent resident permit can and propably will be exploited, despite there being the threat of revoking these boons.
    The reality of migrants in these situations can already be seen looking at the past years: 70% of migrants from the middle east aborted their apprenticeship, with reasons varying from insufficient language skills and poor payment. [10]
  • Lastly, the point of enforcement; cut-down of payments to sanction the unwilling migrants, the offer of a permanent resident permit to motivate them.
    The idea behind this is appealing, the execution vague and inconsistent. I did not spot concrete rulings and numbers pertaining the possible sanctions and under which conditions the individual is to be penalized. In case of doubt, it is to be expected that these cut-downs won’t be enough to change the general behaviour of migrants that are unwillig to integrate; likewise, a resident permit isn’t really needed if you have no reason to fear deportation anyways.

For they do not know what they are doing

So much for the single regulations of this policy.
It appears to be doubtful that the intended objectives of this policy are met in a reasonable time frame or will have any noticeable effect at all. For many, these changes in late May of 2016 are being implemented far too late anyways and are completely inconsistent. But there is criticism from the other spectrum of politics and general public as well:
The organisation PRO ASYL reports about „unlawfulness“ in connection to the residential obligation [11], while representatives of the political party insinuate an implication of prejudives against migrants, as well as the exploitation of asylum seekers as low wage workers. [12]
Related to this is a plan from minister of employment Andrea Nahles, to establish a payment of 0,80€ per hour in the framework of the integration policy, thus undercutting the 1,00€ payment for unemployed citizens, who are forced into these low wage activities by the job centers.
Therefore, the policy fails in both directions and neither manages to quell the doubts and fears that surround the mass immigration of the past years, nor feeds into the hopes of the optimistic, who await a succesful integration of hundreds of thousands foreign people.

While staff shortage and a measly pay are already prominent shortcomings for the integration courses and their planned enhancement, there’s one more point to be made: The costs.
Guesses varied from about five billion euros to later 14 and more currently 25 billion euros. [13, 14]
These numbers ought to be seen with a good amount of scepticism though, as it is not known how long the integration process (that has to be successful) will actually take, as well as it is unknown how many more migrants will arrive in the coming months and years.
Professor of finance Bernd Raffelhüschen calculated the overall costs to manage the whole migration criss at about 900 billion euros – and called for caution concerning the low educational level of the migrants. [15]
German health insurances reported about increasing costs, approximately 120 million euros. [16]
German municipalities and cities demand more funds and a greater monetary involvement from the German Government, as well as a distinct and explicit discussion about the involved expenses, while criticizing a lack of clear statements about the implementation of the integration policy. [17]

A milestone – a term that, used in this context, for this particular policy, can only be seen as a statement of humour or sarcasm:
A policy that comes far too late; lacks any explicit conditions, means of implementation and repercussions; is potentially illegal; requires funds that can’t be foreseen and calculated properly and are paid in great amounts by those who didn’t have any say in the matter; und is so inconsistent, that it fails to satisfy the demands of the political right and left alltogether.
Although these demands can be heard from many sources and loudly proclaim their discontent with the policy, there are no actual plans to enhance or change the contents of it in any way, and political statements of this nature are more likely to be a media diversion.
The biggest question though, left unanswered by this policy, isn’t even touched by it: How are we going to integrate the people that are already living here in Germany for years, for generations, men and women from Turkey or the Mid East, who are not part of german society, who live inside their own cultural safe space, with their own rules, and threaten judiciary and executive authority with ever-growing conflicts.
Alas, this won’t be discussed this time here. I recommend the work of german policewoman Tania Kamboura on this topic though, whose book gives insight into the everyday struggles of the police with integration. (The mentioned book appears to be untranslated at this point in time.)

Update 11.07.2016

Actual changes were made for the integration policy that was passed on 08.07.2016, although of dubious nature.
Concerning the aspect of a permanent resident permit as motivational factor for asylum seekers to apply for an apprenticeship and thus integrate through work, it was added that this rule would apply for rejected asylum seekers as well. The so-called three-plus-two-rule will encompass them as well as those accepted, gaining a permit for three years to finish the apprenticeship and another two years to find and exert a job.
They will also gain the possibility to change their apprenticeship once, as to prevent employers from threatening them with a swift deportation and exploiting their situation.
With this, the questionable integration policy was not only officially implemented by the Bundestag without and significant changes in consequence of the outspoken concerns that were voiced in the last weeks; an additional ruling was enclosed, that allows asylum seekers that got rejected because of their safe country of origin to extend their stay in Germany, temporary or permanently.
Neither is this compatible with demands and promises of a swift deportation for those with a safe country of origin from the government, nor does it provide a reasonable method of integration: All known numbers and fact until now show, that the open slots for an apprenticeship that are provided are only being filled in marginal numbers, and that the quota for a successful apprenticeship – for migrants with this specific background – is abysmal.[18]