STAY HERE! Right of permanent residency!

Saturday, october 7th 2006
3:00 pm: Demonstration, Rudolfplatz, Köln
4:00 pm: Manifestation, Domplatte, Köln

with CLAN DESTINO feat. Red Rugged & Paco Mendoza, FULANI (afrozouk/caribbean beat), SAMSON KIDANE (Eritrea), MICROPHONE MAFIA, SOUNX OF COLONIA a.o.

Fotos: Gesa Vögele

On saturday, 7th october 2006 about 650 people have been demonstrating in the center of Cologne for the right of permanent residence for everybody, an immediate stop of deportations and the close down of all camps and deportation prisons in Europe and elsewhere. The demo began with fine harvest weather at Rudolfplatz and ended with a ralley of two and a half hours of speeches and music in front of the Cologne cathedral.

Reports and photos of other demonstations all over Europe and Africa


In November 2006 the conference of the federal home secretaries will be held in Nürnberg. The refugee counsels of all federal states demand a liberal regulation concerning the right of residency. Such a resolution would guarantee a permanent right of residency for a lot of people who for many years have only been living in a state of toleration.

In order to avoid deportation of people belonging to this group before the regulation comes into effect, the home secretary of Berlin has already enacted a moratorium on deportation for the state of Berlin until the end of 2006. The city of Potsdam has decided alike – against the home secretary of the state of Brandenburg. There will be no deportation of families with underage children or single minors from the state of Berlin and the city of Potsdam if these people have been living in Germany in a state of toleration since June 2000 or longer.

All those who have been living in a precarious state of prolongued toleration with a permanent fear of deportation can feel releived for the moment.

We demand that the city of Cologne as well as all the other communities demonstrate their civil disobedience and join the resolution of Potsdam and Berlin, regardless of the federal government’s decision.

A first step in the right direction

Approximately 250.000 people are living in a state of toleration in Germany. A lot of them have been living here for already 10 years. They are constantly confronted with bondage and limitations: usually they are banned from working and education, are forced to live in council houses and receive reduced social welfare, restricted medical health care and are limited in their freedom of movement.

Furthermore hundreds of thousands live in Germany who do not even possess a state of toleration. They live in a state of illegality with no rights and support. Essential human rights such as medical care and the right of education are kept from these people.

In May 2006 the Social Forum of the European Union in Athens has therefore decided to arrange an international day for a campaign on October 7th.

The background is that in October 2006 will be the first anniversary of the terrible and inhuman events in Ceuta and Melilla where several hundred people died at the border fences of Fortress Europe and during the evacuation from there. Those people were on their way to a better future and met their death.

We call for a protest march in order to remind the events in Ceuta and Melilla and to demand an extensive regulation concerning the right of residency from the federal home secretaries’ conference.

Right of Residency for everyone!

Immediate stop of deportation!

Shutdown of all deportation camps and prisons in Europe and everywhere else!


Supporters: Afghanistan Information Center, Agisra, Aira, AK Asyl Gronau, Allerweltshaus, Antifa-Café Köln, Arbeiterfotografie, Arkadas Theater, Aserbeidschanischer Kulturverein Köln, Azadi e.V., Rechtshilfefonds für Kurdinnen und Kurden, Bauwagenplatz “Wem gehört die Welt?”, Bauwagenplatz Ostergrillinsel, Bosnisch islamische Kulturgemeinschaft, Büren-Gruppe Paderborn, Bürgerinnen und Bürger des Kreises Steinfurt für Humanität und Bleiberecht, Bürgerzentrum Alte Feuerwache, Dako e. V. – Deutsch-Afrikanische Kooperation, Dersim Gemeinde, Ethio Cologne Sport und Kultur e.V., Fiz e.V. – Förderverein interkulturelles Zentrum, Flüchtlingsrat NRW, Föderation iranischer Flüchtlinge, Initiative für ein soziales Zentrum, Initiative gegen Rassismus und soziale Ausgrenzung Dortmund, Internationales Flüchtlingszentrum Nippes, Irakischer Flüchtlingsrat, Jugendclub Courage, Jugendladen Nippes, Karawane für die Rechte der Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen, Karawane Wuppertal, Kein Mensch ist Illegal, Kenya Development Associates, Kölner Appell, Kölner Flüchtlingsrat, Kongolesische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland, Magic Street Voices, Mülheim gegen Rechts, Netzwerk Bleiberecht Münsterland, Öffentlichkeit gegen Gewalt e.V., Organisation mondiale panafricaine OMA e.V,, Rom e.V., Sozialistische Alternative Voran – SAV, Sinti Union Köln e. V., Sounx of Colonia, SSK Ehrenfeld, SSK Salierring, Verein zur Solidarität mit den Iranischen Arbeitern – Köln, Vingster Treff, Yek-Kom Föderation der kurdischen vereine in Deutschland e.v.