Another day, another cockamamie scheme from the diversity-mad. According to a Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung report, by 2026, 17% of all those employed by Hanover must have a migrant background. It would be the first major German city to introduce such a quota.
After filling women quotas for companies and leadership roles within political parties—such as the CDU—that other ‘marginalized’ group, the migrant community, is apparently in dire need of more representation.
The state capital of Lower Saxony is striving to do its part. In order to reach its 17% benchmark by 2026, until then a whopping 30% of all new hires would have to meet this requirement. In short: when applying within the city of Hanover, one’s origin is to factor in considerably more than one’s aptness for the job.
The reverse-racist draft resolution was proposed by the city’s ‘integration committee,’ currently composed of Greens, SPD, and CDU politicians.
Commenting on the matter, Belit Onay (Greens), the city’s mayor (and of Turkish background himself), said it was his dream that “together we ensure that all Hanoverians live well, happy, free of discrimination, and can help shape this urban society where all are on equal footing.”
Filiz Polat, also of Turkish heritage, now the managing director of the Greens parliamentary group, shares her fellow party member’s vision as she tweeted out: “A green mayor makes the difference!”
Surprisingly, while the state capital might be under Onay’s tutelage, he is unaware of the number of his employees who qualify as ‘migrants,’ since his office has only recorded an employee’s citizenship.
To make an accurate assessment of the current figure, and to track whether ‘progress’ is indeed being made, all of the state’s employees are now being called to take part in a survey, but on a volunteer basis. In it, they are to present their credentials—in this case, whether they have any immigration history.
Needless to say, as such a history now seems to carry some weight in the pursuit of a career in Hanover’s public sector, the city could be looking at a higher migrant quota already—questions yet remain as to what exactly would qualify as having a migrant background, and by what means this would be verified.
Nevertheless, the state has indicated it desires as many participants as possible: “In order to achieve the highest possible response rate, this measure should be accompanied by motivating messages from the mayor that clarify the purpose and aim of this survey.”
As such, Onay’s administration will launch a public relations campaign to “motivate young people from immigrant families to take advantage of the wide range of training and study opportunities in the state capital.” By swelling that number within the government, it hopes to establish Hanover as an “immigration city.”
Critics argue that Hanover’s plans are completely unconstitutional as they violate anti-discrimination laws. Germany’s Basic Law states that each German has equal access to public office based on his or her suitability, qualifications, and professional performance.
How far one’s roots can be traced back, and whether they have any bearing, there is no mention.