Forderungen an Schleswig-Flensburg

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 Schleswig-Flensburg 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 Schleswig-Holstein is to be established on this matter.

Supporting admission programmes

Lobby the respective federal state Schleswig-Holstein 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 Schleswig-Flensburg call upon the government of their respective federal state Schleswig-Holstein 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 Schleswig-Flensburg also call upon the federal state government Schleswig-Holstein 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 Schleswig-Flensburg declare to the federal state Schleswig-Holstein 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.

The SEEBRÜCKE in the county Schleswig-Flensburg started its initiative on 13 February 2019 with a big kick-off event in Schleswig. The action group consists of organisations such as the Refugee Commissioner of the Schleswig-Flensburg Church District, the Schleswig-Holstein Refugee Council, Flüchtlingshilfe Kappeln and private individuals.

It opposes the criminalisation and blocking of sea rescue, will promote humanity and set a clear sign for solidarity with people in need with various actions in the course of the year.

Already in March, the newly founded local group achieved a success: On 27 March 2019, the political parties in the district parliament voted in favour of the goals of the SEEBRÜCKE by a majority and adopted a resolution with 28 votes in favour, 21 votes against and 4 abstentions. The resolution had been introduced by SPD, BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN, Südschleswigscher Wählerverband (SSW), DIE LINKE, FDP and the Free Voters.

On 30 June 2019 there will be a human chain on the topic “Europe without borders” in Haithabu, in which the SEEBRÜCKE Schleswig-Flensburg will also participate. Prime Minister Daniel Günther is expected.

Seebrücke Schleswig-Flensburg is also preparing its participation in the nationwide Day Orange Vol. 2 on 6 July 2019. Already last year people in the circle were active with events around the Day Orange Vol.1.

[Status: 06.05.19]