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The Hessian state parliament discusses migration and double citizenship. SPD and Greens are reminiscent of the populist campaigns by the former Prime Minister Roland Koch.

The Hessian state parliament debated on Thursday, but objectively about immigration and citizenship law. Although the legislative competence in this area is at the Bundestag, the SPD and Left Party had put the topic on the agenda. SPD, the Greens and FDP in Berlin had announced that it would enable naturalization after just five instead of eight and generally accept that people retain their previous passport.

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Because the CDU has not touched the topic for years, there was a "years of reform backlog", said Günter Rudolph, leader of the SPD parliamentary group. At the end of the 1990s, the Hessian CDU drove a "rather bad campaign" against double citizenship, this "mood machy" has an effect, said Rudolph, who also got applause from the ranks of the Greens ruling with the CDU. The Hessian economy depends on the immigration of skilled workers, especially the "guest workers: inside" of the 1960s and 1970s, it must be made easier to get a German passport, said Rudolph.

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Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU) accused Rudolph to change the fact that naturalization applications at the regional council (RP) Darmstadt would only be processed after twelve months. That is "unacceptable". Mathias Wagner, leader of the Greens faction, said that there would be a amendment to the double budget 2023/2024, which will provide ten additional positions for the corresponding department in the RP Darmstadt. Otherwise, Wagner was happy that the time of emotional migration debates was over and that the "very unsuccessful campaign by Roland Koch" belongs to the past.

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Since 22 million people in Germany have a so -called migration background and the country needs immigration, the debates would have to be led more objectively, Wagner demanded. It was right to lower the hurdles for naturalization. However, it is not about "random German citizenship".

Hessen: Interior Minister Beuth sees no reason for reforms

The left-wing MP Saadet Sönmez criticized that parts of the CDU had been claimed that the German passport should be "shared" in the future. Such "unfounded objections" fueled prejudices and are a reason why people decided against becoming Germans. In Germany there is no "leading culture", but the Basic Law, argued Sönmez. Anyone who pays attention to the constitution and the law is "actually integrated" and "already citizens". Therefore, it must also be made possible to obtain all rights such as the right to vote in Germany.

Interior Minister Peter Beuth defended himself against the accusation that the conditions in the naturalization center in the RP Darmstadt did not improve. The most recent work was paid to the payment of Corona aids. "It had to be prioritized," said Beuth. Otherwise, it is not the case that naturalization of foreigners: so far, is impossible. Immigration law for specialists in Germany is "one of the most liberal in the world". The previous legal situation "has so far proven itself," said the minister. Large reforms are not necessary. (Hanning Voigts)

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