I am a woman with a visible migration history. My parents are from South Korea and came to Aachen as students, before I was born. Because of this biography, I have been affected by migration and integration policies in Germany all my life.
Germany is an immigration country. This can also be seen more and more in politics. I can still remember very well the first parliamentary group meeting after the Bundestag elections, in which all the new members of parliament were asked to introduce themselves briefly. It was a real Kodak moment: so many different and exciting life stories. 49 deputies under the age of 35, but also, for example, many who – like myself – were naturalized only a few years ago. Who told stories of how their parents and grandparents never imagined that their children and grandchildren would one day be elected to the German Bundestag.
That is why I am glad that our coalition and the federal government stand for a more liberal social and immigration policy.
With the Opportunity Residence Act, we are giving people who have only been tolerated in Germany for years, but who have been integrated, the prospect of a secure residence and employment opportunities.
We are improving the immigration of skilled workers through modern immigration laws. This way, we facilitate the immigration of skilled workers and give people who want to work, study or train here a secure perspective. People who we need in our society.
We are also reforming the citizenship laws. We are making naturalization simpler and faster and allowing multiple citizenship. We believe, it is important to show people who have lived here for a long time, who are committed to our society and work for it: You belong, you are welcome here. And that is why you should get all the rights that come with German citizenship.