The reason for this is the decision by the Danish government to deport several hundred Syrians back to their home country because, from the point of view of Copenhagen, it is partially classified as safe. “Under no circumstances can this country be described as safe,” said the EU politicians’ letter. “Historically, migration is a completely normal phenomenon. Deportations to a country that is at war should never be normal. Denmark shouldn’t play a pioneering role here.”
At the same time, the Greens started a campaign for “refugees” in the EU Parliament under the motto “Europe Welcomes”. To this end, the parliamentary group published a website that lists more than 500 cities and municipalities that, according to the Greens, want to take in more immigrants.
Citizens are also invited to write a letter to the mayor, city council or church in their city, drawing attention to a “humanitarian crisis on the borders of Europe”. It is time for the respective city or municipality to act and to “promise to resettle” asylum seekers, according to the template for the letter.
“Together we can strengthen this message at the EU level and ensure that the consideration of local authorities is included in the reform of the EU asylum system.”
Germany’s Greens are also calling for more migration in the federal election campaign. Top candidate Annalena Baerbock announced an “inviting immigration policy” for her party in an interview. The election manifesto mentions, among other things, that every immigrant should be able to apply for naturalization after five years of residence. The deportation of illegal immigrants should only be a last resort.
Criticism of the Green campaign came from AfD member Bernhard Zimniok. The development policy spokesman for the AfD delegation in the EU Parliament told Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit: “The ‘Europe Welcomes’ campaign aims to implement a right to migration for everyone,” and added that this was nothing other than “a planned population exchange, with which the peoples’ right to self-determination will end foreseeably – this is exactly what the new EU migration pact aims at”.