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Tillich condemns hatred and aggression against asylum seekers

Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich has sharply condemned hatred and aggression against asylum seekers. »I expect every citizen of the Free State of Saxony to adopt an unyielding stance. This is the point at which all tolerance ends,« Tillich said in a government statement delivered to the state parliament on 9 October 2015.
 
»When a minority in our country shows disregard for all moral values and common decency, then it is the obligation of the greater majority to stand up. No-one should look away!«
 
Tillich emphasised it's about people who had fled war and catastrophe, who were dreaming of a better life and had sought shelter in our midst. »They must all be welcomed accordingly. And they are entitled to a fair asylum procedure.«
 
The Saxon Prime Minister explained that, in view of war and crisis around the world and the continuous streams of refugees, Europe, Germany and also Saxony were facing a great challenge. »This task will place demands on us in the coming years. But I am convinced that we can solve many problems if we answer questions, if we overcome ignorance and eliminate misunderstandings.«
 
At the same time, Tillich appealed to citizens not to allow recent developments to sow uncertainty, but instead to recognise also the chances for Saxony. »Let us tackle the situation with courage rather than anxiety. If integration is implemented properly, it can be an enormous enrichment and opportunity for our country.«
 
In this connection, he renewed the call to take citizens' questions and concerns seriously and to continue the dialogue in Saxony at all levels, in order to explain the decisions taken in Brussels, Berlin or Dresden and to place them into their proper context. This process also needed to address the differences between asylum and immigration policy. In the same breath, he spoke out unequivocally against racist and extremist tones in the debates. »Racism is a disgrace. Racism is a breeding ground for crime. This breeding ground must be purged.«
 
Turning to local government representatives, Tillich asked that they show resolve in their efforts to accommodate asylum seekers. »There are countless examples where this is successful – so let us learn from each other here.« He expressly thanked all those responsible, and in particular the many volunteers committed to welcoming care, support and integration.
 
»Saxony has always been a cosmopolitan region. Such openness possesses a certain framework. Those who wish to live and work in Saxony must neither deny nor conceal their origins and convictions. But that also means that they share our values, that they accept our cultural roots, established structures and social community, that they follow time-honoured rules and learn our language.«
 
Tillich continued: »Quality of life in Saxony is dependent above all on sound economic development.« Five goals are important in this respect, five »I«s characterising Saxony: Innovative, industrial, investment-friendly, international and integration-driven. »None of these goals will be attained, if we close ourselves to the world.«
 
To further strengthen Saxony as an industrial region, and thereby to create and safeguard jobs, it is necessary to found a climate conducive to technological development and investment, said Tillich. »Here, too, we need cosmopolitan openness, to enable Saxony to present itself as a convincing location and to ensure that investors feel welcome.« In the face of global competition, Saxony will only be successful if we are able to attract the best national and international minds.
 
Tillich underlined the importance of the many foreign scientists and researchers for the region: »We need them and we will do everything to offer them good and safe working and living conditions in Saxony.« On average, almost 10 per cent of the scientific and artistic staff at universities and colleges in Saxony are from abroad. Among the extramural institutions, this figure is even almost 25 per cent, and more than half of the directors at institutes of the Max Planck Society are foreign scientists. The Prime Minister thus stressed: »They are the opposite of brain drain, because they come to Saxony with their ideas and motivation. We can benefit enormously from their presence. They represent brain gain.«
 
In addition, it is important to promote even stronger, targeted networking between innovative Saxon companies and corresponding experts and investors abroad. 
 
»In his government statement entitled »Saxony – What is important for the future«, Tillich noted moreover in this connection: »My aim is not simply to attract new employees to Saxony where we specifically need them. I would like to attract new citizens. Citizens who associate themselves with the region, who share our values, speak our language, and accept and enrich our culture.«

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