Migration & Asylum


The Pirates recognize that immigration has always been an essential part of the European community and has contributed immensely to our shared cultural heritage and the development of Europe. Migration is primarily a social issue and must respect the human dignity and rights of all migrants and asylum seekers.

The Pirates want to build a prosperous and dynamic Europe that is better prepared to meet future challenges and the demands of the labour market. In light of Europe’s striking labour shortages, an effective immigration system is inevitable to ensure the functioning of our communities and economies.

We call on all member states to receive refugees and asylum seekers according to their capacities. It is crucial to implement a European refugee and asylum policy based on solidarity that does not leave individual member states alone with the financial, logistical, and administrative effort.

The Pirates are convinced that the best way to ensure the safety of future asylum-seekers is effective conflict prevention and fighting climate change.

We refuse the criminalization of those providing humanitarian help to people in need.

An Ethical and Effective Immigration System

Pirates are convinced that migration must be well managed to benefit all participating parties. We demand a comprehensive immigration system that recognizes the skills and talents of each individual. Any discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality contradicts our core values.

It is crucial to ensure fair and transparent recruitment of migrant workers and international students so that everyone can develop their full potential equally.

We acknowledge that immigration may pose challenges and are committed to addressing them responsibly and effectively. We insist that immigration must be dealt with holistically and with a commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and respect for European values.

The Pirates demand a common European immigration policy that:

  • enables legal migration opportunities to the European labour market while ensuring ethical and transparent recruitment of migrant workers and international students,
  • protects the rights of migrant workers and international students and enhances their participation in the everyday life of receiving societies,
  • ensures fair representation of the interests of non-EU labour migrants under the temporary labour migration programmes,
  • evaluates language skills and other given skills of the applicants positively in the process,
  • recognizes given certificates and professional qualifications in a simplified way,
  • enables member states to adjust their requirements according to their situation and needs,
  • is sensitive and non-discriminatory against migrants‘ religion, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality.



Asylum System

Pirates are committed to a comprehensive revision of European refugee and asylum policy.

Pirates firmly believe that Europe’s refugee and asylum policy must be based on respect for human rights and International law. All EU states have an obligation to support refugees and asylum seekers as they are legally bound to this responsibility by international treaties. All EU states must comply with the provisions of the Geneva Refugee Convention and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Pirates condemn the criminalization of all people and organizations assisting those seeking protection. The criminalization of humanitarian aid fundamentally undermines the principle of legal certainty and, thus, the rule of law in the EU.

The EU border agency Frontex must comply with international law in the same way member states do. Frontex‘s allegations of the breach of the rule of non-refoulment must be taken seriously.

We must work on a non-discriminatory asylum system reform that all member states will respect.

Pirates demand a common European Asylum Policy that implements the following:

  • reconsiders the first safe country of asylum principle as decisive in determining where the asylum procedure takes place and where the asylum-seeker must stay,
  • |promotes the possibility of family reunification first for those whose application was approved;|
  • employs a system of mutual processing of asylum applications, allowing each application to be made directly to the EU, while leaving discretion to the Member States to decide whether to admit asylum-seekers onto their territory,
  • emphasizes the principle of solidarity among the Members States as a leading principle to face humanitarian crises,
  • avoids dehumanizing detention of asylum seekers and fast-track procedures at land borders and airports,
  • ensures that asylum applications can be made from any location on the planet so that refugees can be transported to the host country humanely and safely.