Bill torn apart: FDP works on reform of naturalization

The ink on the bill is not yet dry when the FDP fires again against the new citizenship law.

Bill torn apart: FDP works on reform of naturalization

The ink on the bill is not yet dry when the FDP fires again against the new citizenship law. Domestic politician Kuhle complains of a "wrong order", Secretary General Djir-Sarai criticizes the lack of immigration control.

The FDP has followed up on its criticism of the planned reform of citizenship law. Even before the planned immigration law is passed, the Federal Ministry of the Interior will present a draft law on nationality law, said the FDP domestic politician and parliamentary group leader Konstantin Kuhle of the "world". That was "the wrong order". "First we have to agree on who should come to our country," said Kuhle. "After that we can turn to the question of easier access to citizenship."

The Liberals' criticism is aimed in particular at individual points in the draft law. Among other things, it provides that immigrants can retain their previous citizenship. Multiple states should not be "inherited forever," said the parliamentary director of the FDP parliamentary group, Stephan Thomae. After "three generations in the country," people would have to "make a decision about citizenship." This point is missing in Faeser's draft.

Kuhle refers to the "key points on the immigration of skilled workers from third countries", which the cabinet wants to adopt at the suggestion of Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser. According to the plans, foreigners should generally be able to obtain a German passport after five instead of eight years. For members of the so-called guest worker generation, the hurdles for naturalization are to be lowered. The possibilities for multiple citizenship are to be expanded.

FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Dürr spoke out in favor of people who work and integrate in Germany "also having to be open to German citizenship". At the moment, however, it is "easier to immigrate to our social security systems than to the labor market". FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai also increased his criticism of Faeser's plans. He currently sees "insufficient control of immigration". This also applies to repatriation. He therefore called for an "overall package" to make Germany a modern immigration country.

The chairwoman of the "Wirtschaftswise men", Monika Schnitzer, has backed the reform of citizenship law planned by the federal government. Easier naturalization strengthens the integration of foreigners living and working in Germany, said the Chairwoman of the Expert Council for the Assessment of Overall Economic Development at the Funke Media Group. "In view of demographic change and the increasing shortage of skilled workers and workers, this is definitely to be welcomed."

The Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses also endorsed the plans. The reduction of bureaucratic hurdles in the naturalization of software engineers and nursing staff could prove to be an important locational advantage for Germany in the long term, said Federal Managing Director Markus Jerger of the editorial network Germany.

The opposition maintained their rejection. "The traffic light is making a serious mistake if it softens the criteria for obtaining citizenship," CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja told the Funke newspapers. "Citizenship is not an item that's on sale on Black Friday."

Bavaria's Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, sees the migration policy of the traffic light in an imbalance. "Each week, the SPD and Greens in particular send signals of an unlimited willingness to accept people all over the world - and this at a time when the number of newcomers is rising dramatically and are increasingly pushing our districts and cities to the limit: Opportunity to stay, citizen money, extensive additional admission programs, faster naturalizations." , the CSU politician told the "Augsburger Allgemeine". "On the other hand, we hear practically nothing at all from the traffic light, what they are actually doing to return rejected asylum seekers and to combat illegal migration."

The head of the German Trade Union Confederation, Yasmin Fahimi, told the editorial network Germany: "When it comes to immigration, we finally have to move away from an administration of requirements and towards a real culture of welcome." Easier naturalization is a positive signal to millions of people with a migration background in Germany and at the same time to all interested professionals abroad.

The head of the Federal Employment Agency, Andrea Nahles, emphasized the importance of immigration for the labor market. "Because of demographic change, there is no scenario where we can get by without major immigration," Nahles told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. On balance, 400,000 additional workers and skilled workers are needed each year. Among other things, she called for a reduction in bureaucracy. "The labor market is more absorbing than it has been in 30 years, and people want to work, no matter what country they come from."