Merkel’s Integration Plan

On the 9th of March Angela Merkel held the 13th Integration Summit (German: 19. Integrationsgipfel) which in part established and advanced her ‘national action plan for integration’ (German: NAP-I, Nationaler Aktionsplan Integration). The organiser of the event is Germany’s Secretary for Integration (German: Integrationsbeauftragte) Annette Widmann-Mauz. 300 groups attended the summit among which there were eleven federal ministry’s and 75 “migrant organisations,” i.e. immigration lobby groups.

The goal is the coordination of existing policies across all political level, from local community to the federal government. Additionally around 120 distinct policies are to be developed in four or five working groups (German: Themenforen) in each of the five phases of the plan.

But heart and soul of the integration is, of course, the fight against racism which is the only reason why specialist professionals stay out of the country and migrants already inside the country don’t live up to their full potential. Family Minister Franziska Giffey confirmed her ambition to introduce a bill to support her ‘Living Democracy’ slush found (German: Demokratie leben!). The future law will be aptly named Defensive-Democracy-Promotion Law.

Germans will also see a lot of affirmative action both in the public and private sector. A diversity strategy program for the healthcare system in the state of Saarland is set to be rolled out nationally …