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“True source of encouragement in Europe”: German-Czech Dialogue on Migration and Integration in Berlin

On 2 May the German-Czech Dialogue on Migration and Integration took place for the fourth time. Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth and Vladimír Ṧpidla, advisor to the Czech Prime Minister, chaired the talks.

The discussion format was launched in January 2016 at the instigation of Minister of State Roth. Since then, the Dialogue has become a key component of bilateral relations between Germany and Czechia.

Syrian refugees: joint project in Jordan

Members of parliament, experts from various ministries and civil society representatives from both countries gathered in Berlin for the fourth meeting. The main topics were the integration of refugees into the labour market and the presentation of a joint German-Czech project to support Syrian refugees in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth with Vladimír Ṧpidla, advisor to the Czech Prime Minister, at the Federal Foreign Office

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth with Vladimír Ṧpidla, advisor to the Czech Prime Minister, at the Federal Foreign Office
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Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth with Vladimír Ṧpidla, advisor to the Czech Prime Minister, at the Federal Foreign Office

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth with Vladimír Ṧpidla, advisor to the Czech Prime Minister, at the Federal Foreign Office

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth with Vladimír Ṧpidla, advisor to the Czech Prime Minister, at the Federal Foreign Office

Vladimír Ṧpidla expressed his delight that the Dialogue on Migration and Integration had clarified the approach Czechia and Germany should take to help improve the situation of refugees in Jordan. He said that both countries had pooled their resources to create a project that “is worthwhile and will serve to benefit specific individuals.” He went on to say that the project was also a vehicle for further cooperation.

Forum for open and constructive communication

Minister of State Roth said with regard to the German-Czech Dialogue on Migration and Integration:

“If the Dialogue didn’t already exist, we would have to invent it. Once again, we see that it is always better to talk to each other rather than about each other. Even though we do not always see eye to eye with Czechia in the area of refugee policy. With the Dialogue we have established a forum which facilitates open and constructive communication.

We want to focus on what we have in common and drive forward initiatives. This makes the Dialogue on Migration and Integration a true source of encouragement in Europe. I hope that many will be inspired to follow in its footsteps.”

Vladimír Ṧpidla declared: “I am very glad that the meetings between Czechia and Germany within the context of the strategic dialogue on the issue of migration has already become something of a tradition. A tradition with its own particular content which enables us to focus on the future.”

Click here to read the press release by Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth on the 4th German-Czech Dialogue on Migration and Integration (2 May 2017).


Last updated 02.05.2017

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