Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth travelled to Prague for the third German-Czech Dialogue on Migration and Integration on 28 November. Following the meeting, he signed a joint declaration with Vladimir Spidla, the former Czech Prime Minister and co-chair of the German-Czech Dialogue on Migration and Integration. This declaration sets out the principles of a joint policy on migration.
Minister of State for Europe Roth was accompanied on his trip to Prague by a number of experts from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Federal Foreign Office, as well as by representatives from the office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. They discussed their various experiences together with their Czech colleagues. Moreover, they agreed to support a joint refugee project in Jordan and to promote the integration of refugees into the labour market.
A visit to a project run by the non-governmental organisation Slovo 21 was also part of the dialogue on migration. The attendees had an opportunity to find out first hand about integration programmes and initiatives in Czech society.
Joint declaration: guidelines for a joint policy on migration
In a joint declaration, Germany and the Czech Republic agreed on principles and guidelines of a joint policy on migration and integration. The declaration stated that European societies were open to all religions and cultures. Moreover, it was agreed that joint action should be taken against nationalists and populists attempting to exploit and heighten pre-existing fears in the population.
Minister of State Roth said the following in his statement: “The dialogue on migration between Germany and the Czech Republic is a unique model. It is a piece of encouraging good news for Europe. As is commonplace between friends, we also talk about difficult topics. While we don’t always have to share the same opinion, we must never stop talking to each other. The dialogue on migration is a wonderful laboratory for this. With the joint declaration, we have shown that a format such as this is capable of delivering quite tangible results.”