Migration Action Manual
Migration is one of the most controversial political issues. Top on the list of citizens’ concerns. Can we accept all those who want to enjoy better lives with us? Maybe just a few refugees and those we need for our jobs? Mission Future has made a 363-page international study with eleven global best practices. Our Action Manual presents you a fresh creative dual strategy of Migration Realpolitik with Humanity.

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It is really absurd: on the issue of foreigners welcome, oranges are compared with apples every day and thrown into the same opinion pot. We need many qualified foreigners. But millions of migrants look for a better living with us. Mismanagement. Radicals win. Realpolitik with heart and mind missing.

With 7.8 billion people, the flow of foreigners into our countries is the most natural thing in the world. We call them tourists or managers, scientists or journalists, students or artists.

Just two numbers:

62.8 million foreigners visited the U.S. in 2023, up 11 million, or 21.2 percent from a total 51.8 million visitors in 2022. This is good even for MAGA fans, because those foreign travelers spent $165 billion on goods and services in 2022, supporting more than one million American jobs.

Europe welcomed even 700 million foreign visitors in 2023. Three billion nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments in the EU. You may call it a friendly invasion with deep pockets.


Oxford and Cambridge live on fees from foreign students, as do Harvard and Stanford. Without scientific and management exchange, our industrialized countries would no longer function. But neither do private households without helping hands from far away.

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The global numbers of 108 million forcibly displaced people split into internally displaced people (58 percent), refugees (34 percent) and only 5 percent asylum-seekers.  There is more pressure (70 percent) on the poor neighboring states. Here we explain the key terms you need to know, global hotspots, UN and international rules.

$ 150 billion profit by human traffickers € 30 billion alone in one year. € 4 billion from illegal transfer of one million migrants to Greece and Italy in 2018. In the past 80 percent forced labor, 20 percent sex trafficking, now mainly refugees.
refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea since 2014.
Most applications for refugee-status are in the United States of America with 730.400, Germany 217.800, Costa Rica 129.500, Spain 118.800 and Mexico 118.800 (2022).

About the numbers

Unfortunately, the figures on migration and refugees often differ. This is due to the year of calculation, the allocation and unclear data situation. These figures are based on analyses of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 2022.

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Global polarization makes a selection of the best practices almost impossible. One side “Refugees welcome!” While for the other side “My country belongs to me.” Here we present countries with fresh approaches and a moderate course that take into account the interests of the native population as much as those of migrants. Squaring the circle, a mission (almost) impossible with heart and mind. A new Migration Realpolitik with Humanity.


Our number one best practice is Canada, because the Canadian Realpolitik model with heart and mind has been successfully practiced there for years.

Canada has the most progressive refugee system in the Western world and makes its population part of the process.

Its resettlement programme includes a private sponsorship programme, which allows a group of five Canadians to bring a family of four into the country and sponsor them for the first year. This establishes initial social bonds, a faster cultural transfer, and leads to faster integration in the economic market. The private sponsorship programme ensures the integration of refugees into society, as the programme fosters the willingness of the people who want to welcome refugees into their community.

Next to its exemplary private sponsorship programme, Canada has a long-term integrative approach – it naturalises great numbers of refugees – meaning that it allows refugees to become Canadian citizens and enjoy the same rights as the native population. This approach fundamentally differs from European approaches, which often aim for temporary solutions and coexistence. The possibility to plan for the long- term influences every person’s decisions.

Canada may not be taking in enormous numbers of refugees compared to other countries, but it does an exemplary job of caring for the refugees it hosts. The government immediately offers refugees a wide array of opportunities for education, socialisation, financial aid and health care, and assists them in finding a permanent residence. While there are definitely some bureaucratic hurdles, Canada is still able to keep the number of required submission forms and visits with local officials at a relatively low level.

Western countries should adopt Canada’s private sponsorship programme as the best practice in the world.

In details:

  • Next to a government sponsorship, it offers a private sponsorship, and a dual sponsorship programme
  • The country benefits greatly from giving the population the opportunity to directly help refugees through the private sponsorship
  • Refugees in Canada are eligible for numerous financial support programmes
  • Canada envisions refugees to be future Canadian citizens and thus has a high naturalisation rate
  • Despite being quite a progressive country, xenophobia and negative attitudes towards refugees are on the rise in Canada as well


Voluntary Migration

Canada’s voluntary migration system works on a five-category basis. These are the Skilled Worker programme, the Caregivers programme, the Business programme, the Provincial Nominee programme, and the Family programme.


Forced Migration

Canada has a long history of providing shelter for refugees under the Geneva Convention and has continued to do so in light of the refugee crisis.

In 2016, Canada granted 58,485 people ‘protected person’ status and permanent residency. It also resettled 46,700 refugees that same year. This is the largest number of refugees in a single year and marks a record for Canada. The previous record for resettlement refugee intake in a single year had been in 1980 when Canada accepted 40,271 Indochinese refugees.

Who is Eligible for Asylum?

The Canadian government accepts refugees from outside of Canada as defined by the Geneva Convention. In principle, Canada also allows for family reunifications “but only when refugees can financially support their extended family members”. For people temporarily staying in Canada, an application via the In-Canada Asylum Programme is possible if they have similar reasons for not wanting to return to their home country.

Naturally, Canada’s definition of refugees implies that economic refugees are not eligible for application.

Other people non-eligible for refugee status in Canada include anyone who “[has] been recognised as a convention refugee by another country to which [he or she] can return ... [has] arrived via the Canada-United States border ... [is] not admissible to Canada on security grounds, or because of criminal activity or human rights violations”.

Since the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement is in effect, applying for refugee protection at the US-Canadian border is not an option, as the refugee is required to request protection in the country, they arrived in. However, the exception to this rule is if the person seeking protection at the border has family members who are waiting in Canada, is an unaccompanied minor, holds a valid Canadian visa or is of public interest.


Canada’s Two Refugee Systems.

At its core, the Canadian governmental refugee system con- sists of two programmes:

  1. The In-Canada Asylum Program for people “making refugee protection claims from within Canada”.
    2. The Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program for people from outside Canada.

There are two ways to apply for asylum in Canada from outside the Country: the person is either referred by a referral organization, such as the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or is sponsored by a private sponsorship group, whereas the In-Canada Asylum Program protects anyone who is unable to return to his or her home country because he or she is facing “persecution or [is] at risk of torture,” Canada’s main refugee programme is the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program (HRP).

Coming to Canada as part of the Humanitarian Resettlement Programme usually involves being referred by a referral organization, such as the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). In this case, refugees are financially sponsored by the government after arriving in Canada; however, the Canadian government also offers its citizens the opportunity to sponsor refugees coming to Canada as a part of the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Programme through private sponsorship.

A private sponsorship group consists of either a community or a group of five or more people over the age of 18, who agree to take responsibility for the resettlement and financial situation of one or more refugees. A sponsorship in this form typically lasts for one year but may last up to three years. In average, private sponsors must raise at least $30,000 for that first year to sponsor a refugee family of four in Canada.

There is also the option of the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program, which supports refugees for a whole year, splitting the cost between the government and a private sponsor.

However, the processing time of a private sponsorship takes much longer than a government programme, with the government programmes taking around 15–20 months and private sponsorships up to 63 months. Because of backlog and these massive processing times for applicants whose applications are still being processed, the federal government set a limit of 1,000 applications on new private sponsorship applications.

Special Programmes.

In cases deserving special attention, the Canadian government sometimes partners with private sponsorship organizations “to resettle refugees with special needs”, a “program called Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS)”.

These special needs include “trauma from violence or torture, medical dis- abilities, the effects of systemic discrimination, or a large number of family members” and are taken care of by the sponsorship group, which “helps refugees adjust to life in Canada by providing settlement help and emotional sup- port”. Everything else in terms of “income support ... for food, shelter, clothing and basic household goods” is taken care of by the Canadian government. A programme of this kind runs for “up to 24 months”, depending on the private sponsor, it may even run for “up to 36 months”.

Aside from the Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS), the second Canadian resettlement programme designed for special needs is the so-called Urgent Protection Program (UPP), which is designed to “enable Canada to respond to requests by referral organizations ... to provide rapid resettlement for refugees in urgent need of protection”, which includes people facing “refoulement, expulsion, prolonged arbitrary detention or extra-judicial execution” and everyone “facing a real, direct threat to their physical safety, which could result in their being killed or subjected to abduction, rape, sexual abuse, violence or torture”. Cases recognised by this programme are meant to get a decision on their resettlement “within 24–48 hours” and the Canadian government “tries to ensure that these cases are en route to Canada within three to five days of referral”.


Security Screenings.

Before coming to Canada, anyone seeking asylum in the country goes through an obligatory screening process.

Refugees on their way to Canada first need to be registered by the UNHCR, which conducts interviews on “past or current military activities affiliations and other relevant information”. According to the organization, refugees may even be “subject to anti-fraud procedures like iris scanning” Standard screening measures include running the refugee’s file through the databases of the Canadian intelligence services as well as the databases of allied countries. Additionally, refugees wanting to come to Canada “must pass a medical examination” and will be interviewed by a visa official to ensure that the information on the application matches the person that turned it in.

Financial support.

Before coming to Canada, refugees may face a number of expensive bureaucratic procedures and might not be able to afford a plane ticket. To cover these costs, the Canadian government offers the option of taking part in the Immigration Loans Program (ILP). This programme helps to cover “costs of medical examinations abroad; travel documents; and transportation to Canada” as well as “expenses such as rental housing, telephone deposits and work tools”. These loans are “approved according to the applicant’s needs and ability to repay” and paid back with interest.

Government-assisted refugees (GAR) will receive financial support for a full year. Typically, a GAR-family “receives a living allowance between $1,200 and $1,400 a month”, while the amount of money varies greatly in private sponsor- ships, the one-year period is commonplace there as well. After that year, refugee families have to support themselves, how- ever, statistically, only 10 per cent of government-sponsored refugees from Syria manage to find employment within their first year in the country. Compared to that, “about 50 per cent” of privately sponsored Syrian refugees “earned some employment income in the first year”.

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Three countries stand out as Golden Global Champions with their creative and consistent courageous migration policies. Canada by far as the global benchmark for many years. With a clever system of who you need and who you can help. A courageous immigration reform of the Danish social democratic prime minister since 2022. Uganda as very helpful in East Africa.

Canada ★★★


Canada has the most progressive refugee system in the Western world and makes its population part of the process.  Its resettlement programme includes a private sponsorship programme. Canada may not be taking in enormous numbers of refugees compared to other countries, but it does an exemplary job of caring for the refugees it hosts. The voluntary migration system works on a five-category basis. These are the Skilled Worker programme, the Caregivers programme, the Business programme, the Provincial Nominee programme, and the Family programme.

Denmark ★★


A new start from scratch with a holistic approach with new ways of thinking and flexibility by Social-Democratic Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in 2022. A coherent, long-term immigration policy, including: a limit each year in order to regain control. Establish of reception centers outside Europe. Only UN refugees will be able to receive asylum. All migrants are obliged to contribute to the host society.

Uganda ★

Uganda is role model for its refugee policy. It is one of the most welcoming countries towards refugees in Africa. Once refugee status has been achieved, all refugees are given a small area of their own land. This land is integrated within rural communities, making integration within the local host community significantly easier. Access to basic services offered by the state is equal for both Ugandans and refugees. Refugees have the right to work and to establish their own business.

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Einstein told us: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The old migration policy was failed. We need something new and better. Since human lives and the fates of migrants and our own population are at stake, dreaming and ideological blinkers are irresponsible. Migration must be managed with common sense and humanity. We all need a fresh dual strategy of Migration Realpolitik and Humanity. Humanity without realism will fail, but so will realism without humanity.  Emotional and ideological pros and cons should give way to balanced rational perspectives, otherwise intolerance and populism will prevail.

Here our action plan with 10 concrete proposals.

1. Realpolitik demands a realistic, down-to-earth and practical approach to politics, considering all people, national interests and all consequences.

Realpolitik demands a realistic, down-to-earth and practical approach to politics, considering all people, national interests and all consequences.

Migration policy should be based on clear facts, national interests, the dignity of all stakeholders, including the local population, and seek creative solutions based on global best practices.

We need a balanced view and fact-based discussions of the pros and cons.

Creativity is often lacking, but without it, we cannot manage global migration efficiently.

Time is of essence in any crisis situation, but most processes take much too long, are outdates with its rules after years and do not fit the needs of all sides involved.

Further, there is a need for flexibility and pragmatism. A short-and long-term planning for the full cycle of one generation (30 years), including all costs and benefits.

Important in this process are creativity, flexibility, effectiveness as well as a speedy implementation and necessary readjustment without ideological blinkers and prejudices.

This is the grand design of a much better modern Migration Realpolitik with Humanity.

2. Seek and emulate role models from all over the world.

One often gets the impression that migration is conceived as crisis management without deep and thoughtful planning and opportunistically with an eye to the wishes of the various constituencies. But that is a shell without a core. Morally irresponsible. This kind must lead to failure.

Each country needs tailored and realistic concepts for different target groups, appropriate laws, financing, quotas as well as cost-benefit calculations.

To achieve this goal, it must seek and emulate role models from all over the world. Canada’s immigration policy has proven its worth and should be adopted as far as possible.

There need to be detailed migration laws for the different groups as well as a National Migration Report with long-term goals.

3. Integration is always a two-way street.

Integration is always a two-way street.

It must involve open interaction between migrants and the native population.

Quick integration and qualification are of essence.

For those who may stay in their new home, integration is key, offering cultural and language training with a focus on the children.

Migrants have to adopt to the new culture and rules of the new home as well  - as more than 90 percent do.

Clear leadership is often lacking. Migration is a big and difficult new field of politics, a new huge human Manhattan project. Most of the time, responsibilities are spread across many resorts: Entry and control by interior minister, education by school minister. Often spread between the federal, state, and local communities. That's part of the problem.

The old system is much too slow. It should be completely changed to the very latest software solutions.

In addition, the offices are totally overloaded. Ultimately, chaos.

This helps no one and is also inhumane. Every migrant has the right to have his or her application processed appropriately. Realistically, this is only possible with a prior visa application at the embassy of the country of entry.

4. Central political leadership, with creative adaptation, is a must have.

Central political leadership, with creative adaptation, is a must have.

A special Minister for Migration and Integration should coordinate and give the issue weight in the Cabinet.

Another new Minister for Tolerance would be responsible for ensuring mutual respect between immigrants and the local population, thus building understanding and trust over the years

An Annual Report on Migration by the Minister for Migration, responsible for this area, should highlight the trends, costs and problems and should be published and discussed annually in parliament.

Orderly immigration requires clear rules for the admission of migrants and refugees, realistic accommodation quotas as well as safeguarding external borders.

The safe migration routes required by the UN should be regulated by issuing entry visas at the embassies of the countries of entry in the migrants’ home countries. These visas should be based on needs and accommodation capacity, in order to avoid subsequent disappointments and deportations. If the number of possible visas exceeds the number of applicants, a points system, as in Canada, or a raffle, as with the American green card, seems the fairest solution for all concerned.

5. The number of refugees is the decisive factor. That is a fact.

If too many refugees come to a foreign country at the same time, it is bound to exceed the capacity of providing social benefits, housing, jobs and ultimately full integration. The number of refugees is the decisive factor. That is a fact. No country can act as the Good Samaritan of the entire world. “Our heart is wide, but our opportunities are finite,” remarked the former German Federal President Joachim Gauck. Migration must be channeled and limited due to the needs of the host nation.

Wealthy countries cannot take in everyone who wants to live and work there. Otherwise, they would destroy their cultural identity.

The internal balance of nations is objectively endangered if too many migrants from too remote cultures are admitted. This is the experience of all countries, whether in Europe, Africa or Asia. In other words, it would also apply if one million Christian Americans emigrate to Japan within a year or one million Swedes to Tunisia.

This may be regrettable, but all countries are culturally sensitive entities with limited possibilities in the realms of administration, social welfare, housing or jobs.

As a basic rule, one migrant per one thousand inhabitants can be admitted without major problems over a period of one year, but not more.

If too many arrive, there is a risk of administrative chaos, supply shortages, frustration and negative reactions from both locals and other migrants.

The repatriation of rejected applicants also creates a lot of frustration among migrants.

The new multi- cultural society would risk breaking apart and radicals would benefit from this polarisation. Excessive reaction, nationalism and extremism would possibly emerge, further exacerbating the problem. Foreign citizens living in the admitting country would also suffer. General dissatisfaction and disillusionment could be the likely result.

Moderation, detailed planning and control are therefore indispensable elements of good migration policy.

6. We must never forget; the heart’s original home can never be replaced by the new one.

We must never forget; the heart’s original home can never be replaced by the new one.

All our refugee friends from Afghanistan and Syria, we helped to come to Germany in 2015, want to return to their old home and prefer to live there, rather than in the West, in dignity and in their culture.

The best way we can support these poor people is to help make their homeland worth living in and to actively fight the causes of flight at the root.

Far too often people forget that a home is important for all human beings.

Migration, handled moderately, is part of a globalised world, but a mass exodus would result in losing the beloved homeland and ethnic roots.

Therefore, we should help people to live happily in their home country.

“To combat the causes of migration sounds persuasive at first glance. But on closer inspection, it proves to be effective only to a limited extent”, tells us Dr August Hanning, former director of Germany’s Foreign Intelligence Agency (BND) and state secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior. To establish peace and stability from the outside, has failed in Syria and Afghanistan, and is not very realistic in Africa.

Tackling the causes of migration is a very arduous and long- term task. Nevertheless, we must try hard.

Very important is the containment of wars through a more effective foreign and security policy.

If we look at the main sources of migration, we see few countries producing very many refugees:

- Ukraine because of Russia's attack in 2022.

- Syria because of the civil war, with Russian support.

- Afghanistan since the Taliban took over in 2021.

- The two socialist dictatorships and failed states Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Together, these just five hot spots have produced with inhumane and totalitarian fire accelerators more than 24 million refugees plus 13 million displaced people.

Western foreign policy has not been successful in any of these problem countries. It has failed completely.

Therefore, what is needed first is a sober stocktaking of the mistakes of the past and a new preventive, creative and much more effective foreign policy to prevent refugee flows in the future.

In addition, in the developing countries, above all, we need birth control, good governance and more jobs for the many young people, a Mission Future in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

The U.S. could help Central and South America with a large development program and the European Union could assist Africa with a grand master plan. So far, there is too much talk and too little action.

The development aid policy could not prevent the mass exodus. It needs to be put to the test.

Priority should be given to supporting young small entrepreneurs and forward-looking politicians, a new responsibility elite of shapers and decision makers in these countries. Sponsorship and exchange programmes between Western countries and developing countries could help as well.

UNHCR should receive much more support.

Despite all the weaknesses in the United Nations system, UNHCR is a very essential containment actor that requires many millions in support for this important work.

7. Migration can be very good for the host-country.

The concept of migration encompasses many, very different groups, so there can be not one “migration policy”, but instead tailored regulations for individual groups. Sought-after experts from abroad must be treated differently than economic refugees without a right of residence or asylum seekers. Differentiations are therefore necessary.

Migration can be very good for the host-country.

Golden migrants are the golden nuggets.

Migration can have positive effects if it creates additional skilled labour. It can be a burden if too many come into the country at the same time without sufficient qualifications. A positive example: 6,500 German doctors work in Switzerland, where they earn considerably more. Their training has cost the taxpayer 250,000 euros per person. Switzerland has thus imported human capital worth 1.9 billion Swiss francs.

An IT-savvy immigrating is a great asset to any country. Like Jan Koum, who came as Jewish migrant to California from Kyiv in 1992. There he invented WhatsApp in 2009 and sold it to Facebook for $ 19 billion in 2014

Or the father of Steve Jobs, Abdulfattah Al Jandali, an Arab Muslim from Homs in Syria, to whom we as well owe the most valuable company named Apple. Later his genius son was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.

Think of Albert Einstein, a Jewish emigrant form Nazi-Germany.

We call them the Golden Migrants; all countries love to welcome. We should even pay them start-money to come.

Hardworking migrants are much needed.

The same is true for the millions of hardworking migrants from Central America in the U.S. or from Afghanistan or Africa in Europe. Those who work there, and not only collect social welfare and transfer it back, pay taxes and increase the gross national product enriching the country. This is true for 57 percent of migrants from 2015 in Germany.

Let’s name them the Hardworking Migrants.

We have to help the real war and political refugees.

We have as well war refugees, like from Ukraine, Syria, DR Congo, or South Sudan.

Next are political refugees. Many from dictatorships like Afghanistan, Venezuela, Nicaragua.

Who doesn’t want to support them, in the name of humanity?

Best in their home and neighboring countries.

Best strengthening the UNHCR.


The economic refugees.

They come to rich countries because they expect a better life for themselves and their children.

That one can understand very well from a human point of view.

If we lived in a poor, rotten country with no prospects for the future, we would also emigrate.

To be human, let’s make our rules clear and sound. Be fair.

8. The burden of migration with no job.

Low-skilled workers with no job and late integration are a heavy burden on the economy and societies.

Just some numbers:

In August 2018, 6.6 percent of the total population in Germany received basic welfare benefits under Hartz IV, as opposed to 63.7 percent of the 1.7 million refugees. At that time, 361,000 refugees were employed mostly as low-paid unskilled laborers.

In April 2016, an extensive study (Gewinne der Integration) by the German Green Party associated Heinrich Boell Foundation, written by Professor Holger Bonin of the ZEW Institute in Mannheim, calculated the long-term fiscal costs of migration for Germany.

We asked him in his new position as research director of the Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn. Bonin told us:

“The Böll study focused on the total overall net costs of refugee immigration depending on qualification levels reached and the speed of economic integration for one million refugees in Germany.”

The paper used the method of generational accounting, a forward-looking projecting tool combining average per capita public revenue and spending profiles by age and qualification with population forecasts.

This study shows that the costs and benefits (“net fiscal costs”) of humanitarian migration (forced migration) crucially hinge on two factors: the labour market position finally reached by refugees and speed of integration (the number of years it takes to reach this position).

As a worst-case scenario, the study supposes that all refugees after an integration period of 20 years reach the economic status of natives without vocational training. In this extreme case – given that the current trajectory of the labour market integration process is unlikely – one million refugees would cost taxpayers, in present net value terms, no less than € 400 billion.

In contrast, if 60 per cent of refugees, after an integration period of 20 years, reached the economic capacity of medium-qualified natives with vocational degree, the overall net cost for all levels of government would reach only about half the amount (€ 218 billion).

Supposed the integration period just takes ten years, the estimated net cost falls to € 113 billion.

With more than two million refugees since 2015, Germany has to invest long-term in the case-base-scenario between € 226 billion to € 436 billion over the next two decades.

What does this mean?

  1. Hosting refugees has to focus on fast qualification and integration and the number must be low enough to man-age. It makes much more sense to support refugees near their homes.
  2. Selection of highly qualified migrants almost always has a positive long-term effect and is needed in ever ageing societies.


Migrants working make money.

When foreigners are integrated in the workforce, the state will make more money than without them.

In 2014, the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany, together with ZEW, calculated that the 6.6 million foreigners living in Germany in 2012 (now 10.6 million) paid € 3,300 more in tax than they needed for social welfare, equating to a plus of at least € 22 billion annually. Most important is fast-tracking education, job-integration and qualification, and facilitating the establishment of small businesses.

The solution to the divergent interests.

In principle, it is even quite simple.

You have to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The regulations must be fair for all parties involved, transparent, comprehensible, simple and humane.

Most migrants understand that the reception cannot be infinite. It is the same for others in their home country. Therefore, openness and honesty is mandatory.

The rich countries need many hardworking people. For simple jobs and qualified functions.

Migrants should be able to obtain visas for several years in the embassies of their home countries, preferably online. Then the countries decide who is allowed to enter. The stay is limited to several years, depending on the job and can be extended. For example, many hardworking people from Pakistan work in the Gulf States. The rights of this group must of course be protected. They are guest workers we should always treat with respect.

Good for their families and homeland, as they transfer billions of dollars back home, learn to lot and later return with saving back.

Good for the guest country, as they are not a burden with social benefits, get sales and income taxes and push the GDP. Migration can be limited, thus draining anti-foreigner politics.

A win-win-strategy.

9. Sends all troublemakers back.

There is a tiny minority of troublemaker: criminal migrants, including terrorists.

What to do with criminal migrants?

Most people do not understand why criminal foreigners are not sent back to their home countries.

Should each criminal from unsafe country stay? Is this fair?

Most people say No.

Those who have become criminals have lost their right to be guests.

This is the basic law of humanity.  The rule has been the case for thousands of years and is still practiced today in ancient tribal societies. This is the case with the Mursi, Kara and Hamar tribes in southern Ethiopia. Or the tribes of the Vanuatu Islands in the Pacific, whom we interviewed about this.

Like a poison apple, the few bad people spoil the acceptance of all refugees and foreigners in all countries. They accelerate radical parties and xenophobia.

Especially the political left resists their expulsion worldwide. Mostly with the argument of ‘humanity’, ‘all refugees welcome’ and that those people should not be deported to 'unsafe countries of origin'.

However, this way of thinking is not convincing and has failed in reality:

  • It poisons a sensible migration policy with heart and
  • It makes radicals great and powerful and fuels anti-foreigner ressentiments.
  • As a result, all foreigners are put in a bad light, suspected, discriminated against and have their dignity and pride damaged. This is especially true for Muslims.
  • It contradicts human thought and heart as well. Those who are criminal and dangerous have not enjoyed the right of hospitality for thousands of years. Not in an African village or as house in Afghanistan. Fact of life and fairness.

The Geneva Refugee Convention from July 28, 1951 allows to send criminal back.

Article 2 requires faithfulness to the law in the host country:

Every refugee has duties to the country in which he finds himself, which require in particular that he conform to its laws and regulations as well as to measures taken for the maintenance of public order”.

Article 33 prohibits expulsion or return (“refoulement”) if life or liberty are threatened there by because of persecution. Exceptions shall also be made in such cases where the refugee poses a grave danger or has been convicted of a crime by a final judgment:

  1. "No contracting State shall expel or return (“refouler”) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
  2. The benefit of the present provision may not, however, be claimed by a refugee whom there are reasonable grounds for regarding as a danger to the security of the country in which he is, or who, having been convicted by a final judgment of a particularly serious crime, constitutes a danger to the community of that country.
10. To better organise migration in a fair and balanced way pre- arrival each migrant should sign a Welcome Declaration.

To better organise migration in a fair and balanced way pre- arrival each migrant should sign a Welcome Declaration.

It should welcome the migration in positive terms.

But as well include a signed agreement to be send back to the home country, if the application for asylum was rejected or a first court convicts him to more than one year in prison.

Special courts could decide quickly within few months, without the now usual delays of many years.

No more appeals against deportation to administrative courts, as is common today.

The deportation, when he stays unauthorized in the country, must take place immediately within months. Otherwise, the non-entitled person blocks other migrants.

Entry is only allowed if the original state is proven with a valid passport. No passport no entry.

The country of origin concludes a repatriation agreement in which it undertakes to readmit. Otherwise, all nationals are banned from entering the country and development aid is discontinued. Too often, the countries have otherwise no interest in repatriation. Especially because many millions flow into the country from the migrants. It is a business model too.

One should not blame the migrants, but the chaotic, years-long wrong organization of migration and a return of migrants.

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