Forderungen an Potsdam

Entschieden Umgesetzt

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 Potsdam 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 Brandenburg is to be established on this matter.

Supporting admission programmes

Lobby the respective federal state Brandenburg 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 Potsdam call upon the government of their respective federal state Brandenburg 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 Potsdam also call upon the federal state government Brandenburg 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 Potsdam declare to the federal state Brandenburg 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.

Since the first demonstration in August 2018, the SEEBRÜCKE Potsdam has been campaigning for the submission of an application to the city council. At the end of November, the local group presented the demands of the SEEBRÜCKE initiative in an open letter to the Lord Mayor Mike Schubert (SPD). In addition these were brought to different parliamentary groups.

The parliamentary groups Die Andere and the Greens supported the proposal of the SEEBRÜCKE Potsdam. The SPD faction, however, together with The Left and The Greens, submitted its own motion to the city council. The Fraction The Others tabled the SEEBRÜCKEN motion as a supplementary motion. DIE GRÜNEN gave the SEEBRÜCKE Potsdam the opportunity to comment on the motions itself in the city council on 05.12.2018. The others and the Greens, as well as the majority of the parliamentary group The Left and a small part of the SPD voted united for the supplementary motion. The amended proposal was adopted with the votes of the SPD with 31 to 14. The CDU and smaller groups voted against. The AfD shone with absence.

The city is in solidarity with the fugitives and the sea rescuers* on the Mediterranean and declares itself a safe harbour for fugitives. In addition, the Lord Mayor should sponsor a sea rescue mission. In addition, within the Association of Cities and Towns, he is to advocate a change in the law and instruct the Aliens Departement to exhaust all possibilities to give refugees legal residence and life prospects.

The Lord Mayor took up the topic during the meeting and referred the further processing to the cross-party working group Asyl and the civil society alliance Potsdam shows its solidarity. Together with the SEEBRÜCKE Potsdam, the groups discussed the next steps on February 14, 2019. The Mayor wants to network with other safe harbours. He will be advised by Gesine Schwan because he wants Potsdam to become a model municipality for the reception of fugitives in Europe. Parts of the alliance are occupied in addition with the establishment of a working group foreigner authority in order to evaluate the work of this authority and to compile improvement suggestions.

(Status: 25.02.19)