We are Hannover
Jürgen Castendyk | 23.02.2021
The administrative draft for the new version of the local integration plan - called LIP 2.0 - is not yet a draft resolution for the City Council of Hannover (LHH). It is an interim result. The aim was to develop and implement a process that was geared towards broad participation by urban society. In the last two years there have also been events by migrant self-organizations (MSO) at which a critical balance was drawn about the previous LIP and suggestions for its further development were formulated. Welt-in-Hannover reported about it. The administration organized two online surveys aimed at urban society in 2019 and 2020. The question was about the level of awareness of the LIP. In addition, suggestions for its new version could be made. An external company was commissioned to conduct a survey among all LHH employees. An internal administrative review and outlook on the LIP should be obtained.
Regarding the results of the evaluations, the administrative draft states: "The criticisms of the evaluations primarily related to the sustainable implementation, youth participation, controlling and overall the participation of urban society."
Expert groups were set up
In 2020, the advisory process shifted to expert groups. They are composed of employees from the responsible social affairs department, migration and integration department, and external experts. They advised on the six fields of action specified by the administration: education, social affairs, democracy, city life and culture, economy as well as city administration and intercultural opening. Youth was added later as a cross-cutting issue. There was also a steering committee that coordinated the work of the expert groups and prepared a summary of the results. The relevant International Committee of the Council met for a full-day closed meeting to find out about the status of the deliberations.
The administration's draft for LIP 2.0 was created from all the results of the advisory bodies. The International Committee already approved the draft in January of this year.
Attitude of the state capital Hannover to migration and participation
Right at the beginning of the draft it is made clear: "The aim of the state capital's migration and participation policy is to promote social cohesion and the realization of equal participation of all Hannoverians in the various areas of life, regardless of where they or their ancestors were born." According to this attitude, the previous concept of migration in the old LIP is extended to all forms of discrimination in urban society: "All measures of LIP 2.0 are based on the approaches of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) aimed at preventing discrimination based on gender, alleged ethnic origin or Skin color, age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation are prevented or - where possible - actively eliminated. "
The administration tried to involve as many civil society actors as possible in the planning process for WIR 2.0. Additional specialist skills were developed through the expert groups. However, this led to an extensive “wish list” from the external consultants involved. The sympathetic idealism is partly unrealistic. As the example of education shows, from daycare centres to schools, adult education and universities, all educational institutions should be committed to the fields of action of Wir 2.0. Within the distribution of the planned tasks, there is no longer any special consideration of the MSO's concerns. It is to be feared that there will be a dispute over projects between all actors in civil society and between them and the state institutions. A non-discriminatory form of coexistence in urban society requires a lot of commitment - but also a lot of money. The amount invested in the budget for 2022 is only the proverbial drop in the ocean. Either the subtopics and focal points of the fields of action need to be concretized in a realistic way in the future, or the budget for Wir 2.0 needs to be increased significantly through a supplementary budget. That probably won't be decided before the next local election in September 2021.