Berlin – ESI at CDU "workshop debate" on migration policy

10 February 2019
Werkstattgespräch Migration, Sicherheit und Integration. Video: CDU

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a live streamed debate on migration policy ("Werkstattgespräch") organised by the German CDU. The debate was introduced by the newly elected party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the (CSU) Bavarian minister of the interior, Joachim Herrmann.

The other discussants were:

  • Professor Dr. Christian Hillgruber, expert for constitutional law and law philosophy at the University of Bonn
  • Professor Dr. Daniel Thym, Co-Director of the Research Centre Immigration & Asylum Law at the University of Konstanz
  • Professor Dr. Egbert Jahn, political scientist, historian, and peace researcher

Gerald argued that the real problem is refugees who do not need asylum or refugee protection "and who knew this when they started their journey". To address this, he said, "not a theoretical, but a practical debate" is needed. In order to reduce the numbers one needs "deportation realism". He called for fair and at the same time quick procedures to decide more quickly "who needs protection and who doesn't" and to return rejected applicants faster and more consistently. He also argued for the principles of the EU-Turkey agreement to be transferred to other states such as Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria. Not to unstable Libya but to the countries of origin whose citizens leave for Europe without having a chance of being recognised as refugees.

Gerald also participated in the second day of the meeting with four closed workshops.

There was huge interest in German media, many quoting Gerald's proposals:

Gerald Knaus, Daniel Thym, Egbert Jahn, and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photo: ESI
Gerald Knaus, Daniel Thym, Egbert Jahn, and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photo: ESI
Photo: ESI
Photo: ESI