Acceptance for Refugees-We need more police and red lines
In this interview with n-tv.de, Dr. Timo Lochocki discusses recent developments in Germany’s immigration debate and provides an insight into the actions German politicians have taken. Following violent clashes outside a refugee hostel in Saxony over the weekend, the topic of Germany’s intake of refugees and asylum seekers, and questions over Germany’s ability to integrate the many new arrivals, have dominated the headlines.
Asked what the government can do to encourage the successful integration of immigrants, Dr. Lochocki stresses the need for the German government to outline a clear, irrevocable decision that Germany will accommodate and accept all those new arrivals that are deemed to be genuine asylum seekers. Given this could mean up to 800,000 asylum seekers being accepted this year alone, Dr. Lochocki encourages the government to openly admit that it will be a challenge, but says they must also emphasize the fact that given Germany’s position as one of the richest countries in the world, with a well-trained police force, and the organizational structure required to process and provide for the thousands of applicants, it is a challenge that Germany can overcome.
Dr. Lochocki praised the decision of Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel to strongly condemn the violence in Heidenau and to declare the government unwilling to accept such ‘un-German’ behavior. However, unlike many analysts, Dr. Lochocki is reluctant to criticize Chancellor Merkel for her hesitation in addressing the situation. He suggests that as the government has no masterplan to handle the immigration situation, it is sensible for her to simply follow the path that Gabriel has laid down for the government, while continuing to develop the new, more efficient immigration policy she has been promising.
Dr. Lochocki believes that reassuring the public that the situation is under control is of the utmost importance in avoiding a swing to right-wing populist parties. For the government to install police reinforcements to protect refugee hostels such as Heidenau makes it unambiguously clear that the government is serious about preventing ugly scenes like those on the weekend, has taken charge of the situation, are in control and are unwilling to allow such callous behavior to threaten the safety of the asylum seekers.