Tuesday, July 25, 2006

New restrictions for Jews settling in Germany

Daily Mail:

Berlin is planning to make Jews wanting to settle in Germany qualify for the first time on a points system already in place for other would-be residents.

Germany has operated an open-door policy for Jewish migrants ever since the end of WW2 as atonement for the Holocaust engineered by the Nazis which killed six million people. The new restrictions follow recent concerns about integration and reflect Germany's economic problems with unemployment at nearly five million.

Tens of thousands of Jewish migrants arrive annually: last year more settled in Germany than in Israel, most of them from the former Soviet Union.

But now the government wants to regulate the influx with a points system based on education, religious orientation and profession. According to news magazine Der Spiegel, only those Jews who amass at least 50 out of 105 points will be allowed to settle in Germany.

Exceptions will be made for victims of Nazism. Applicants will be evaluated on criteria including age, education, work experience, family status, language ability, relationship to Germany, and country of origin.

Those who meet the required standard will be entitled to move to Germany without having to show proof of employment beforehand. According to Spiegel, the interior ministers of the 16 states of Germany have already agreed to the plan being run in a pilot scheme for one year.

A university graduate will automatically gain 20 points, experience in a profession 10 points, the likelihood of working with Jewish organisations a further 10 points and a good working knowledge of German 25 points.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Nuremberg will be in charge of administering the tests which government sources say are necessary to stop Jewish organisations in the country being overwhelmed in years to come.

Critics of the open-door policy claim many Jews arriving in Germany have no affinity with the religion whatsoever and have never worshipped in a synagogue but arrive hoping for handouts from Jewish charities.

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At 3:51 AM, Blogger FranceSucks said...

My great grandparents left germany yet I get no points if I want to return. I think only muslims qualify now.

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pretty ridiculous that Germany would institute this only for Jews -- walking the streets there you see plenty of third world muslims who, if subjected to any sort of 'Would you be good for Germany?' evaluation, would defĂ­nitely not be there. I guess it would take a good deal more courage to apply a points system to muslims and Africans, since would be seen as at best very politically incorrect.

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'Muslims and Africans' are probably there via their 'refugee' status. Germany is no different to other Western countries in that regard (i.e. appears to take undeserving cases). During the Balkan wars many Muslims of Jugoslavian origin fled to Germany...and many have since returned to their country of origin. There are also many Turkish people in Germany and they have been there a long time. They have the same kind of history in Germany as West Indians, Indians and Pakistanis have in Great Britain or the Algerians have in France (i.e. after WW2 the European economies needed many immigrants to work and support the regeneration.
In the case of the Jews migrating to Germany; they are typically migrating for clearly economic reasons (not fleeing war zones). Their 'treatment', in that they must now meet a points threshold is no different to immigrants to the US, Canada, Australian, New Zealand, etc, etc....

At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is correct that some muslims and Africans now in Europe originally came there as refugees or asylum seekers, and of course in such cases no sort of economic benefit analysis is applied.

But it would be a mistake to think a majority come this way, or even a significant percentage.

In fact, a big majority of immigrants coming to Europe today arrive for the same reason as in the US: family reunification. And there is definitely no such evaluation in these cases.

At 5:58 AM, Anonymous Phillip said...

This won't succeed in reality, that is exactly what I think.
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