Welcome culture does not work without family reunification, "says Lipi Mahjabin Ahmed in her welcoming words. The initiative for International Cultural Exchange (IIK e.V.), which she heads had been invited to the Faust goods reception on 23 May 2018. Together with the refugee council Lower Saxony and the cultural centre Faust.
"We want to give an insight into the reality of the lives of the refugees concerned," says the invitation to the event, "and present stories of people who have found their family - or not".
Hope alternates with doubts "- so the diary notes of a Syrian refugee, which were read out at the beginning of the event. Thrilling individual stories full of conflict and need: "If I return to Afghanistan, I'm dead within a day," another noted. Again and again, the people concerned are concerned with being with relatives, the importance of family cohesion. For many refugees an unfulfilled dream.
Karim Alwasiti from the Lower Saxony Refugee Council in his introductory lecture talks about the "practice of preventing family unity": "Everything is done to issue as few visas as possible." Long processing times and high bureaucratic hurdles are normal when refugees apply for family reunion. Only persons entitled to asylum according to the Basic Law or recognized by the Geneva Convention enjoy full rights. The right to family reunification for all others - currently around 205,000 "subsidiary protected" persons - has been suspended since 2016. However, the Grand Coalition has agreed that from August 2018 up to 1,000 dependents - plus hardship cases - may enter the country each month. Alwasiti: "This bill is a slap in the face of all supporters!
Nobody in my party is happy with this compromise on family reunification, "Yasmin Fahimi (SPD) admits:" I want to encourage everyone here to have a loud voice ". The prominent member of the Bundestag in Hannover opened with strong words the panel discussion moderated by Kai Weber, the managing director of the Refugee Council Lower Saxony. "The degree of inhumanity that we experience on this planet is unbearable," says Fahimi. And on the subject of asylum: "The mood has tilted dramatically! "
"Now we have had many setbacks. So integration will not work. At the same time, we dreamed of having a perspective in Germany, "commented Fahad Al-Hutaimi, a recognized refugee from Syria:" We have all respected German society. We talk about values and about humanity. But we did not make it! -
But Germany is colourful and we are one of them! "He gave a nice final word.