New Citizenship Law Sends Wrong Invitation Signal at Wrong Time
Created: 11/29/2022, 7:15 am
By: Georg Anastasiadis
The new citizenship law planned by the SPD and the Greens is commented on by Merkur editor-in-chief Georg Anastasiadis.
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Selling German citizenship with easier naturalization like carpets sends the wrong and dangerous signal.
The FDP rightly protests against this plan by the SPD and the Greens, comments Georg Anastasiadis.
The planned new citizenship law of the SPD Interior Minister Nancy Faeser sends the wrong signal at the wrong time: Germany is currently being hit by a second large wave of uncontrolled migration, the traffic light government is having enormous problems getting immigration via the Balkan route under control, not to mention of the promised repatriation even of criminal illegal aliens.
Instead of sorting out this chaos, the SPD and the Greens want to send out a new invitation signal to the world by making it easier to issue German passports, which – like Merkel's welcome culture back then – should never be ignored.
This is playing with fire, also because it reduces the population's acceptance of the necessary immigration into the labor market, but also of war refugees.
"Right of opportunity" already offers opportunities for foreigners who have entered the country illegally
SPD and Greens argue cunningly with the need of companies for more foreign skilled workers.
However, the traffic light has already created the "chance residence permit" that allows foreigners who have entered the country illegally but are well integrated into the labor market to "change lanes".
In addition, offering citizenship like carpet and doing without proof of integration may increase the future pool of voters of the SPD and Greens, but hardly the potential of qualified specialists.
Citizenship must be a reward at the end of successful integration, not at the beginning.
The FDP is right to protest.
The liberals have already been overrun by their traffic light partners on the question of longer nuclear lifetimes.
Another course that was fatal for the country - the introduction of the citizen's income in the original version - could only be prevented by the Union.
The FDP must now deliver in its defense against the new citizenship law if it does not want to lose the last sympathies of its middle-class voters.
A government that is not careful about who comes into the country and who receives the passport is giving up key elements of statehood.