How to eliminate the causes of flight: We can use the concrete proposals of the expert commission

Aktualisiert: 18. Aug. 2021

At the suggestion of civil society, the coalition parties had decided in their government agreement to set up a commission to develop concrete proposals on how to eliminate the causes of flight for the Bundestag and the federal government. After a long delay, the government has set up the commission. Its report with concrete recommendations is now available and could be implemented after the election of the Bundestag and the Federal Government. From the Black and White Initiative and the International Peace Factory Wanfried, we want to contribute to action being taken now. This will only work with many who demand it, in German civil society, from party members, from forces in the countries of refuge and migrants. It would be great if you, if you helped to tackle this. Maybe also together with us. On this page you can get an idea of what the Commission has achieved. Europe closes its borders to asylum seekers: How did the Commission come to be established: A section of society that stands for the idea of global human rights saw this as the wrong response or a very inadequate one

The Black and White Initiative and the International Peace Factory Wanfried want to contribute to making sure that something really happens and that the proposals are implemented. This will only work with many people. It would be great if you could tackle this together with us. On this page you can get an idea of what has been achieved.

In Germany and Europe, most people do not notice hunger and starvation and war suffering in their everyday lives. Since 1945, war has shifted to the countries of the global South. Especially in the past decades, there have been wars in previously emerging states with the direct involvement of European states and the USA: they have forced many people to flee. Europe was not prepared for this at first: Many people, especially from war and crisis zones, were able to take advantage of this to find safety in Europe. That is their human right. A minority of Europeans welcomed this. In the meantime, the European states have largely closed their borders and are breaking international law: almost no one - even if she or he is fleeing from war zones or torture - can come to Europe and find protection any more. A minority in Germany and Europe is protesting against this decision. The majorities of the population and above all newly emerging nationalist parties support this isolation or do not oppose it. One reason for this is also a growing social insecurity for part of the European population. A part of the minority that is against the closure is trying to protect refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. Another part supports refugees and migrants who are in Germany directly or by campaigning for their rights and also for the reception of more asylum seekers. For many years, politicians have deflected attention from the violation of the law by no longer granting asylum by saying that the causes of flight must be eliminated: The causes of flight must be eliminated. Now this could become a serious effort: So far, only a small minority of the German population has been concerned with the causes of flight, and also only a small minority of migrants are committed to overcoming the causes of flight.

Before the last one, 150 recipients of the Federal Cross of Merit had addressed all parties with the proposal not to fight more refugees, but the causes of flight. Among them were also very influential personalities such as Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister for the Environment and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. The Grand Coalition, which is still in power, took up the issue and set up a commission of independent experts in 2019. It was to investigate the causes of flight and draw up proposals for policy on how to reduce the causes of flight. The report was published in May. However, it is hardly reported on and many politically engaged people do not know anything about it either. We at the Black and White Initiative and the International Peace Factory Wanfried will work to make the report known and to implement the proposals in order to reduce refugee suffering and the suffering in the refugees' countries of origin. Who wants to look into this for themselves? Via this link you can find a short and long version of the report and also videos in which members of the author group present the report. Full report:

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Preventing Crises, Creating Prospects, Protecting People (Summary)

Report by the Commission on the Root Causes of Displacement

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15 recommendations to chart the course for the future: Commission on the Root Causes of Displacemet puts forward proposals

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This is the homepage of the commission in English: Members of the Commission: Rapport en français:

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We are setting up a workshop on Reducing the Causes of Flight on this homepage for all those who want to contribute with us to reducing the causes of flight. The report states that the causes of flight are different in each country and that special measures are needed to reduce the causes of flight in each country. We are looking for people and initiatives in Germany, the countries of origin and especially also migrants as bridge builders who want to get involved with individual countries or with the causes of flight that are rooted in Germany's policies.

We first form two teams: one that deals with ensuring that the recommendations are implemented in Germany.

One team that deals with the causes of flight in the countries of origin, with proposals discussed there to reduce the causes of flight and builds up cooperation with people and initiatives in these countries. Teams for individual countries can then also emerge from this team and be coordinated through it. Contact us if you would like to work with and help build such teams:

here you find the page and the links in German:

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