German Minister discusses impact of migration triggered by Arab Spring
On May 2, GMF and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation hosted “Europe and the challenge of refugees from North Africa: Germany's perspective,” a discussion with the newly appointed German Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich. The lunch event examined Germany’s response to migratory flows triggered by political instability in North Africa. GMF’s Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff moderated the discussion.
The event was held under the Chatham House rule and focused on how Germany and the European Union can respond to migratory challenges posed by the Arab Spring. Possible solutions to the challenges centered on building democracy and strong institutions in North Africa. Additional comments touched upon the success of government programs to assimilate Germany’s Turkish minority. A question was also raised regarding the impact of opening Germany’s labor market to the 2004 “big bang” accession states.