Ten days ago, on June 17th, the House of Representatives passed the “Law to Regulate Participation in the Migration Society” (PartMigG). It comes from the Senate Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs, which is led by Elke Breitenbach (Die Linke).
It had already announced in January of this year that 35 percent of public service positions would be filled with migrants. This number would correspond to their current share of the Berlin population. The law was delayed because Interior Senator Geisel objected that the regulation contradicted the constitutionally regulated equality of all people in Article 3 of the constitution.
Now it is there and it is literally impossible to grasp what control mania must come over the city in order to achieve the sensible goal of a stronger representation of immigrants in all areas of the public service with this law.
A German Muslim woman named Gisela Meyer would also be preferred
A few examples: Not only people who were not born as German citizens or who have at least one parent to whom this applies (the definition of a migration background) are considered to be preferred for a vacancy. Even those who do not have a migration background but are “racially discriminated” or who are “assigned a migration background” because of their “language, name, origin, nationality and religion” are particularly worthy of support. In addition to the German Sinti, this could also be a Gisela Meyer from the German-speaking Muslim community.
It is just as time-consuming to provide verifiable evidence of how high the proportion of people with a migration background is currently in all administrations. A huge task in which all employees, around 120,000 people, should voluntarily reveal their existing or missing “background”.
This data is used to determine the minimum number of employees to be hired under the Participation Act. If immigration rises or racism rises, the numbers can rise. And because none of this can be done with standard resources, at least 40 positions are created in the senate and district administrations, in the middle and higher service.
This law is over-ambitious, wants the pluralistic society with official basta – “This is how it works now” – to force an understanding of equality that reminds of Orwell’s dictum: All people are the same, some are the same.