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Immigration and the rule of law: a liberal view?

posted 28 Sep 2017, 09:55 by Robert Johnston   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 23:54 ]
The FDP (the German equivalent of the Liberal Democrats) have taken a strong, some may say hard, position on immigration. The British Liberal Democrats are quiet on the matter; probably thinking that it is a subject tainted by UKIP and the Conservative or Labour Brexiteers.

The main point FDP have is that immigration needs to be clear and fair based on the Rule of Law (a pillar of liberalism: although the German "Rechtsstaadt" with connotations of rights and protection has a stronger liberal flavour). The current proposal has some quite hard aspects, such as repatriation of refugees (at the appropriate time, once the danger is over), but largely mirrors the Canadian system. The details would need debate but it is hard to argue  against legal clarity being essential and the application of the Rule of Law.