Munich – ESI at Instagram discussion on migration and borders

31 October 2023
Photo: ESI
Gerald Knaus with Michael Lemling. Photo: Europe Cares

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to an Instagram discussion on migration organised by the Lehmkuhl bookshop. Gerald made a strong case for a more humane migration policy, offering clear analysis and practical ideas.

He argued that the goal for Germany and its European partners should be a triad of fast and fair asylum procedures, strategic deportations, and generous assistance for countries of first asylum. Asylum procedures should be conducted in a manner that demonstrates to other countries the feasibility of granting asylum, while also aiding countries around the world in establishing their own asylum systems.

Such an approach would deter individuals who do not require protection from irregularly entering the country, by facilitating repatriation from key dates and offering legal mobility options. Expanding resettlement programmes is essential to lessen dependence on smugglers. Additionally, in line with the United Nations Global Compact for Refugees 2018, there should be an expansion of assistance for refugees in their first countries of refuge.