Information on the general policy aims of the Green Party with respect to immigration [DEU17089.E]

The February 1994 electoral platform of Alliance 90/The Greens (the Green Party) sets out the party's policies for the upcoming federal election on issues related to immigration. The platform is critical of the May 1993 constitutional amendment on the issue of asylum and calls for a re-establishment of the "fundamental right to asylum" (6). It also calls for the granting of full electoral rights and the right to dual citizenship to the 6.5 million immigrants currently in the country, and is critical of the fact that although the majority of those immigrants have been in Germany for 20 or more years, they are still considered to be "foreigners" (ibid., 5). The party platform calls for a "humane right to immigration" and proposes that Article 3 of the Basic Law (the German constitution) be expanded to better protect minorities (ibid., 7-8). The Green Party is also in favour of a "radical" anti-discrimination policy, although the electoral platform does say what the specifics of such a policy would be (ibid., 8).

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Alliance 90/The Greens (The Green Party). February 1994. Bundestagswahlprogramm: Demokratie und BürgerInnenrechte ausbauen, Minderheiten stärken, frei und sicher miteinander leben. Copy of 1994 electoral platform of the Green Party faxed to DIRB from party's national headquarters, Bornheim, Germany.


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