Forderungen an Krefeld

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Public declaration of solidarity

Declare themselves in solidarity with displaced persons and with the objectives of the Seebrücke initiative.

Active support for maritime rescue

Take a public stance against the criminalisation of search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean and actively support these, as well as providing either full or part sponsorship and fi nancial support for a civilian rescue boat.

Admitting more than the quota

Ensure rapid and uncomplicated admission and accommodation of people rescued from distress at sea above and beyond the distribution quota for asylum seekers:  
  • The city / county Krefeld declare themselves willing to directly receive and accommodate people rescued from distress at sea, for example by a civilian maritime rescue boat, in a way similar to a relocation programme. This admission is in addition to the distribution quota for asylum seekers. An agreement with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Offi ce for Migration and Refugees and the respective federal state Northrhine-Westphalia is to be established on this matter.

Supporting admission programmes

Lobby the respective federal state Northrhine-Westphalia and the Federal Government to establish new programmes for the legal admission of refugees and/or signifi cantly expand existing programmes, and offer additional places in the city or county in support of this:
  • The city / county Krefeld call upon the government of their respective federal state Northrhine-Westphalia to introduce an independent humanitarian admission scheme for refugees as per section 23(1) of the Residence Act (AufenthG) and thus enable refugees to legally enter Germany and remain in the country.
  • •The City / county Krefeld also call upon the federal state government Northrhine-Westphalia and the Federal Government to agree to permanently and reliably higher admission quotas than have previously been in place, within the scope of resettlement as per section 23(4) of the Residence Act and other programmes for the legal admission of refugees. This is the only way Germany can meet its responsibility to prevent people being forced to fl ee using illegal and dangerous channels.
  • •The city / county Krefeld declare to the federal state Northrhine-Westphalia and the Federal Government that they are willing to reliably provide additional places for those arriving in these programmes
  • •In addition, the cities and counties throughout the state advocate the removal of sentence 3 of section 23(1) of the Residence Act, which would dispense with the need for the approval of the Federal Ministry of the Interior when admitting refugees.
  • •The city / county calls for the introduction of an independent rule for admissions by local authorities in accordance with section 23(1) of the Residence Act enabling independent admission by the federal states.

Making sure people settle in to the community

Ensure people settle in well to the community, by providing all resources necessary for humane care, in particular in the areas of housing, medical care and education.

National and European networking

Actively commit to the implementation of the above points at regional, national and European level.

Safe harbour alliance

Get involved in establishing an alliance of all safe harbours in Europe in order to actively shape European migration policy in a way that respects human rights.


Make public all action undertaken to establish the city or county as a safe harbour.

In October 2018, the Lord Mayor of Krefeld offered the Chancellor to take in people rescued from distress at sea. He did not receive an answer. In late autumn the SEEBRÜCKE Krefeld was founded and could draw attention to the demands of the SEEBRÜCKE with different actions. There was a lot of positive feedback from the Krefeld citizens. The citizens of Krefeld* also welcomed the fact that the humanitarian catastrophe in the Mediterranean was finally raised to public awareness through SEEBRÜCKE actions.
With this support behind it, the SEEBRÜCKE Krefeld called in February 2019 on the members of the city council to support initiatives for sea rescue and to formulate concrete demands within the framework of a Council proposal. These include, among other things, the reaffirmation of the willingness to accept people rescued from distress without bureaucracy, the assumption of sponsorship for a civilian rescue ship and the public statement against the criminalisation of sea rescue.

In response to this initiative, the SPD, Alliance 90/GREENS, LEFT and individual representatives submitted a cross-party motion in March 2019 which took up the demands of the SEEBRÜCKE. It was negotiated at the Council meeting on 14 March and adopted with the votes of the SPD (21), the Greens (6) and the Left (3) and 5 individual representatives. CDU (20) and FDP (4) rejected the motion. With this majority decision, the city of Krefeld shows its solidarity with the refugees and the sea rescuers on the Mediterranean and declares itself a Safe Harbour.

Even after this success, the SEEBRÜCKE Krefeld is still committed to ensuring that the Council decision is followed by action. The critical situation surrounding the sea rescue ship “Alan Kurdi” in April 2019 prompted inquiries to the city and the parliamentary groups. The local group demanded that the city should now prove itself to be a safe harbour and do everything in its power to ensure that these people can arrive in Krefeld.

[Last updated: 18.04.19]