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Böhmer wants new integration ministry

The Local · 25 Oct 2010, 11:36

Published: 25 Oct 2010 11:36 GMT+02:00

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Such a move would bring the federal government into line with many states who have already set up such central authorities, Böhmer on Monday.

“I believe it would be logical to have an integration ministry,” the conservative Christian Democrat told daily Hamburger Abendblatt. “The broad issue of immigration should be addressed in one department.”

Several of Germany’s federal states, including North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, have already taken this step and created a national conference of state integration ministers, she said.

“And communities are also strengthening the topic of integration politically,” she added.

Böhmer’s comments came in the midst of a bitter debate over immigration and integration in the country. In recent weeks several of her fellow conservatives, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have made controversial remarks about how multiculturalism has failed in Germany.

As the discussion becomes increasingly heated, Böhmer told the paper that integration and immigration have become the issues of the future.

She also advocated improved recognition of attempts by immigrants to integrate and an increase in the number of naturalisations in Germany, saying that people who choose to live permanently in Germany should be willing and able to become citizens.

“We must persist in campaigning for German citizenship,” she told the paper.

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According to the integration commissioner, rules already exist that speed up the process of naturalisation for immigrants who prove to be well-integrated – but officials often choose not to comply, she said.

“I am appealing to the immigration offices to use this rule,” she said. “The state must better recognise attempts at integration.”

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13:01 October 25, 2010 by Kayak
"...Böhmer told the paper that integration and immigration have become the issues of the future."

Someone please tell me when integration and immigration issues were not important? Did this woman just step of a UFO? I suppose everything was just fine and dandy in Germany prior to 1933 and after 1945.

And then she says that "...rules already exist that speed up the process of naturalisation for immigrants who prove to be well-integrated ­ but officials often choose not to comply..."

What? She's admitting that bureaucrats and petty officials are free to thwart the progress of someone's immigration status based on the personal prejudices of said official.

Unglaublich! Did anyone see the truck that just drove through that statement!!!???
13:17 October 25, 2010 by mobiusro
What?! Does such a rule exist??
16:29 October 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
set up a dedicated ministry? good idea, that'll make sure that no progress is made anytime soon!
16:34 October 25, 2010 by mehta_p
this is nothing but waste of time and unnecessarily wasting of money.

integration course, integration ministry

already many 'permanent residency visas' and 'german-passports' have been issued for those who can hardly get integrated with germans and german culture.

Instead of adding 'ANY' additional rule/s for PR and/or Passport why these people are unnecessarily investing their time and money for integration ministry and having integration courses is outta my understanding.

This will be headache for the immigrants who are already well integrated here in Germany and on the way to get PR or German-passports. Unfortunately they also have to spend time for such courses.

these people are seeking tooooo much perfection.
16:50 October 25, 2010 by michael4096
And, Ms Böhmer's empire and budget must increase ten fold

Yes, there is something to be learned from the DHS after all. All we need now is a 'war on non-integration' and soon germany really will have a problem on its hands
16:56 October 25, 2010 by munichiscool
I have heard many cases where the bureaucracy tried hard to delay the Naturalisation process as much as they can. They will always have a new objection. They make it as hard as possible. For example , if they need 2 documents from you they will only tell about one. And when you go after 2 months with that document they will tell , "oh Tut mir leid, Sie müssen auch die andre Document bringen :)".
17:43 October 25, 2010 by michael4096
@munichiscool - sounds more like france than germany

Generally, all requirements for the public offices are published on the internet. If you go to an amt with the requested papers and you meet their criteria they don't have the authority to refuse you. But, then, if it takes someone two extra months to get some paper, it sounds like they didn't do their homework first or they were just trying it on
17:57 October 25, 2010 by Kayak
@michael4096 - Yeah what's wrong with a little bit of "trying it on" with the immigrant eh? A little bit of sport's good for 'em eh? C'mon, immigration officials enjoy a laugh. They could make 'em run around the block a few times in the snow. Perhaps, that woman could wear a shorter dress next time, eh?

But hang on! I've got an idea. Let's have a system that's fair to immigrants, starting with accepting them. Isn't a fair system one where power is not abused?
19:37 October 25, 2010 by D_J
Yes, continue to milk this 'integration' from Germans tax payers until they understand there are more important issues as well than just integration in this country.
10:11 October 26, 2010 by catjones
@michael4096..you live in a dream world. Go to toytown and read the stories of residency permits and visas. @Kayak is accurate. Where you get the permit/visa and Who you get it from trumps the forms submitted.
10:53 October 26, 2010 by michael4096
@catjones - ah! but in my dreamworld, I get paid for this

I have immigrants coming to work here and going through various stages of paperwork every day. My experience is that the workers in the amt have very little authority when it comes to accepting or rejecting paperwork. Out of may hundred, I've never known anyone come back without a residence permit when they had the right papers

Of course, there are always cases where for whatever reason the papers aren't the ones required or are incorrectly filled and then there is room for debate in the amts. However, this is exactly the same for germans - try getting a new license plate without proof of where you live

The problem is that people expect the german amts to work exactly the same as the 'amts' back home - wherever that is. They don't. It's germany. You want geman residence, you work by german rules
10:53 October 26, 2010 by bestman
Instead of a new integration ministry lets have a new immigration policy. Instead of importing cheap labor lets educate and give jobs to our own unemployed.
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