One step forward, two steps back! Forum of Migrants in Crete event on the new Immigration Bill
Posted by clandestina on 25 January 2010
This is a translation of a Forum of Migrants in Crete press release.
ANNOUNCEMENT – CALL
for debate on the immigration bill
1 step forward and two steps back
The Forum of Migrants in Crete considers that the proposed amendments to the Code of citizenship and the participation in elections of local government indeed are in the right direction – at any case we would be saying the same thing, even if it was about a single immigrant obtaining his/her rights.
The proposal to grant citizenship to second generation immigrants puts partially an end to the chronic hostage status of the second generation immigrants. However the bill requires 5 years of lawful and undisrupted residence of their parents in the country, attendance of the first three classes of the primary school or 6 years of attendance at a Greek school. So, we ask:
- what about the children whose parents had been legally residing but were at some point unable to renew their residence permits (in most cases because they had not adequate work revenue stamps)?
- what about the children who have no parents (since many minors come on their own)?
- what about the children of parents without legal documents?
Concerning the proposal for the participation of all long-term foreign residents in the local authority elections, we ask why the boll excludes them from being candidates for senior posts?
We respond to xenophobic voices that they should not worry, since in any case the bill concerns to only a very small percentage of people from other countries, those who live lawfully and continuously for many years in Greece.
As for the acquisition of Greek citizenship by first generation immigrants, we actually wait to see the concrete and final requirements of the bill; under the pressure of racist critics. though, we expect them to be harsch.
We will continue to struggle for the legalization of all immigrants (the draft law does not say a single word about sans papiers, and legal documents is a prerequisite for everything proposed by the bill).
We will continue to struggle for citizenship for all children born, live and grown-up in this place.
We call for an info, discussion and recommendations event on Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 pm at Agora Sq. Chania.
Chania, Jan. 24, 2010.
Forum of Immigrants in Crete
NOTE: this call by the Forum of Immigrants in Crete is in the frame of a AN ANTIRACIST DEMONSTRATION CALL BY VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS IN CHANIA. SIMILAR CALLS AHVE BEEN MADE IN OTHER CITIES AS WELL (Herakleion, Ioannina etc.) This is the Chania demonstrations poster: