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Grüne fordern Scharia-Kurse an Volkshochschulen

Posted by hkarner - 1. April 2018

Um Vorurteile und Vorbehalte gegen den Islam abzubauen, fordern Grüne bundesweite Scharia-Kurse an Volkshochschulen. Zahlen soll das Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF). Katrin Göring-Eckart: „Ohne Islam ist’s langweilig“.

Zwei Frauen, sechs Kinder und die Drittfrau im Anflug: Eine SPIEGEL Reportage über die Vielehe eines Syrers sorgte für Empörung. Ahmad A. lebt mit seinen beiden Frauen (die zweite wurde mit 13 defloriert) im hübschen Einfamilienhaus in Pinneberg. Er ist sichtbar zufrieden. Einziges Problem: Für die Drittfrau fehlt noch ein Schlafzimmer.

Ahmad A. ist Analphabet. Arbeiten will er nicht, Deutsch lernen auch nicht. Das Geld kommt aus dem Automaten, wie der Mann vor der Kamera kundtut. Kein Einzelfall.

Für den normalen deutschen Steuerzahler ist das zwar schwer vorstellbar, für die beiden Frauen und ihren gemeinsamen Ehemann aber traditionell normal. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe is sending African migrants home. Will they stay?

Posted by hkarner - 30. März 2018

Date: 28-03-2018
Source: The Economist

Facing horrible conditions in Libya, many Africans are accepting free flights home. But some are ashamed to return

ONCE considered the smartest hangout in town, the Benin Plaza motel in southern Nigeria’s Benin City has seen better days. Its chalet-style rooms are normally empty, and the Moat Bar, which promises “groovy nights and exotic cocktails”, has fallen into disrepair.

For the Plaza’s recent influx of guests, though, the motel is the first comfortable night they have had in rather a long time. Requisitioned by the government for migrants repatriated from Libya, it offers new arrivals free accommodation for a few days while they find their feet.

The repatriation programme is part of a joint UN and EU effort to stem the flow of migrants to Europe. It encourages those who have made it to Libya to go home voluntarily, rather than risk a rickety boat across the Mediterranean. People who turn back get a free flight—cutting out the need for a perilous return journey across the Sahara. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Pope Francis‘ Silence on Central Europe’s Migration Crackdown

Posted by hkarner - 9. März 2018

Date: 08-03-2018
Source: Foreign Affairs By Victor Gaetan

Why He’s Unlikely to Intervene

Ever since the European migrant crisis began in 2015, Pope Francis has urged Europe’s Catholics to welcome “refugees who flee death from war and hunger.” Yet the governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—central European countries with traditionally Catholic identities—have proved remarkably hostile to this counsel, showing continued resistance to EU resettlement quotas and voicing continued opposition to taking in Middle Eastern migrants. In the face of this reaction, it is worth asking: Why has the pope not been more critical of these governments and their refugee policies? In spite of Francis’ global profile and penchant for envelope-pushing pronouncements, when it comes to specific national policies he is often reticent. More than previous popes, he defers to the views of national bishops and favors decentralized decision-making in the Church, an approach that can be read in the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity.

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Die Satansjünger – der Fall Landbauer in Niederösterreich

Posted by hkarner - 26. Januar 2018

Gero Jenner, 26/1/2018

Es gibt Gedanken, die man verzeihen kann und oft auch verzeihen muss, weil sie zu den stets möglichen Denkalternativen gehören und nicht an und für sich verwerflich sind, auch wenn sich ihre Folgen oft als unmenschlich erweisen. Ich persönlich hatte zum Beispiel von Anfang an Verständnis dafür, dass ein großer Teil der deutschen ebenso wie der österreichischen Bevölkerung die Einwanderung – auch den Zuzug von Asylanten – auf ein erträgliches Maß begrenzen wollte. In diesem Sinne hatte ich, obwohl in vielen Fragen eher links orientiert, gegen eine rechte ÖVP-Regierung nichts einzuwenden und verstehe auch die Haltung der osteuropäischen Länder, die sich gegen die Politik der europäischen Kommission aussprechen.

Dabei bin ich mir durchaus bewusst, dass eine solche Politik kalt und unmenschlich ist (die Staatshäupter Nordafrikas wurden und werden für die Unmenschlichkeit einer brutalen Grenzsicherung von der EU bezahlt, damit wir uns die Hände in Unschuld waschen können). Andererseits wäre es eine gleich große Unmenschlichkeit der eigenen Bevölkerung gegenüber, wenn wir unsere Grenzen einfach für alle öffnen würde, denn ohne die Wachhunde, die dies verhindern, würde ein Millionenheer vom Süden und Osten her gen Europa anrücken. Deutschland und Österreich haben es ja bisher nicht einmal geschafft, die schon vorhandenen Fremden so einzubürgern, dass sie zu gleichberechtigten und gleichgeachteten Mitbürgern werden. Da konnte man nur kopfschüttelnd konstatieren, dass sich einige Politiker und ihre Parteien eine Zeitlang zuzutrauen meinten, sie könnten und müssten jede Menge an Fremden bei sich beherbergen.

Es gibt Probleme, bei denen jede Lösung zu Unmenschlichkeit führt, das Problem einer – wie man noch vor kurzem sagte – unbegrenzten Einwanderung gehört sicher dazu. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Making Migration Work

Posted by hkarner - 24. Januar 2018

Michael Spence, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor of Economics at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong, and Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models. He was the chairman of the independent Commission on Growth and Development, an international body that from 2006-2010 analyzed opportunities for global economic growth, and is the author of The Next Convergence – The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World.

The UN is right to underscore the benefits of broad-based international cooperation on migration, particularly regarding measures that could, over time, reduce migrant flows by improving conditions in source countries. But, to be politically acceptable in virtually any country, such cooperation must respect national sovereignty.

MILAN – There are four pillars of globalization and economic interdependence: trade, investment, migration, and the flow of information, whether data or knowledge. But only two – trade and investment – are founded on relatively effective structures, buttressed by domestic consensus and international agreements. The other two – migration and information – are badly in need of similar frameworks. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Euro in Decline

Posted by hkarner - 14. Januar 2018

Date: 12-01-2018
Source: Foreign Affairs By Kathleen R. McNamara

How the Currency Could Spoil the Global Financial System

When the euro was created some 15 years ago, there was speculation that the new currency might come to challenge the dominance of the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency of choice. But the euro’s guardian, the European Central Bank (ECB), had little appetite for such a role. Likewise, foreign exchange markets showed little support for supplanting the dollar’s hegemony with the euro, despite a move into euro-denominated bonds and a strengthening of the value of the euro over the 2000s. This has meant that the EU has, in large part, played a “helper” role in U.S. financial hegemony throughout the postwar era to today.

But now, Europe’s “helper” status may well be in question. The populist forces that have emerged throughout the continent challenge the legitimacy of the euro and threaten both the institutional and ideational foundations upon which it rests. With this uncertainty arises the possibility of the EU turning into a “risk generator” within the global financial order or perhaps even worse—a “spoiler” of the very system itself. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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In Its New World, the EU’s Threats Come From Outside Its Borders

Posted by hkarner - 27. November 2017

Date: 27-11-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Migration, which is fueling support for anti-EU populist parties, Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, and Brexit now challenge the bloc’s existence

For most of its first 60 years of existence, the challenges confronting the European Union were largely internal. The process of European integration was designed to bring peace to a war-ravaged continent by laying down common rules for trade overseen by a European Court of Justice that would turn competitors into partners. During this time, the scope of EU rule-making has been vastly extended to create a single market for goods and many services and to address new common challenges in areas such as criminal justice. It was also extended geographically too as the original community of six member states became one of 28.

But the EU today finds itself grappling with unfamiliar challenges. Many of the biggest risks it now faces are external and cannot be addressed simply by extending the scope of EU rule-making. The migration crisis, for example, which has its origins in instability and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, remains an existential crisis for the EU, fueling support for anti-EU populist parties. The EU must also contend with Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, which some argue came in response to over-reach by the EU, and its attempt to destabilize the EU itself. And it must forge a new relationship with the U.K.—an internal problem soon to become an external one. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Inconvenient Truths About Migration

Posted by hkarner - 23. November 2017

Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University and a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics, is a member of the British House of Lords. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

Standard economic theory says that net inward migration, like free trade, benefits the native population after a lag. But recent research has poked large holes in that argument, while the social and political consequences of open national borders similarly suggest the appropriateness of immigration limits.

LONDON – Sociology, anthropology, and history have been making large inroads into the debate on immigration. It seems that Homo economicus, who lives for bread alone, has given way to someone for whom a sense of belonging is at least as important as eating.

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Italy Labors to Integrate Refugees in Weak Economy

Posted by hkarner - 20. November 2017

Date: 19-11-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

For a nation with holes in its social safety net, ‘a challenge that makes your hands shake’

ROME—Ibrahima Sillah arrived in Italy three years ago on a rickety boat.

He says he is illiterate and speaks virtually no Italian. A farmer back home in Gambia, Mr. Sillah has only occasionally managed to find work picking fruit, for less than three euros an hour, despite having a work permit. He lives in a tent city behind a Rome train station.

“I can’t do anything without a job,” said Mr. Sillah, who is 30 years old. “It’s too important.”

Italy is facing a daunting challenge integrating refugees, even as the pace of seaborne arrivals on its shores shows signs of slowing. Since 2012, 150,000 people have won refugee status in Italy, and another 155,000 asylum applications are pending.

Other European countries, such as Germany and Sweden, are wrestling with the same task. But Italy is doing so with a chronically weak economy, high unemployment and a state bureaucracy that often fails to provide a social safety net even for native-born Italians. And many refugees lack marketable skills, according to officials and aid groups. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Australia admits more migrants than any other big Western country

Posted by hkarner - 8. Oktober 2017

Date: 06-10-2017
Source: The Economist
Subject: Almost one in three

And Australians still like them

“THE prime reason for the decline in living standards for many Australian workers is our staggering population growth,” thunders Dick Smith, a campaigning millionaire, in an apocalyptic manifesto. He is right about the staggering growth. The number of children the average Australian woman has fell below two in the 1970s and has stayed there. Yet since then Australia’s population has grown by 70%, thanks almost entirely to immigration. Over 28% of today’s residents were born overseas—a higher share than in Canada or New Zealand, let alone Britain or America (see chart 1). The number of newcomers continues to grow. Net overseas migration (a measure of immigrants minus departing Aussies) has nearly doubled since 2000. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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