When asked what he thought of the high quota of foreigners in his hometown Mönchengladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, he said: “I rate it neither positively nor negatively. It’s a fact. The problem, however, is when I see that parts of the population do not want to live together, but rather isolate themselves in parallel societies. ” Unlike many of his colleagues, he believes that there were massive problems with immigrants long before 2015. The guest workers did not go back home, “it was not intended that way”. For decades there was no integration work, that drove the parallel societies forward. ”These migrants also have to participate in the further development of Germany. They can’t just say ‘I don’t have to learn German because my doctor and lawyer can speak Arabic anyway.’ “
As a Central European country, it needs some kind of migration. But that has to be “acceptable immigration” that is compatible with German culture. What is happening right now is not a positive immigration, but an “uncontrolled mass migration”. He has little understanding for the current wave of asylum: “Hundreds come to Germany every day without having a reason for asylum.” You can see that on the Polish-Belarusian border. He considers the EU’s external border guard for Poles to be “very, very correct.” During his time as head of the protection of the Constitution, he noticed how many Islamists the Islamic State had smuggled in during the 2015 wave of refugees. “They were all people from Arab countries”. In his position, he was also able to judge that most of the criminals in Germany came from a migrant background. “That shapes you”.
For him, the greatest threat in Germany is Islamist terror, “many people die every day.” He also described right-wing extremism as a major problem in Germany, “right-wing extremists are becoming increasingly aggressive.” Summits in Hamburg or in hot spots like Connewitz are actually more likely to act legalistically and infiltrate certain groups – that also worries him.
Maassen did not take good care of political correctness. “If someone says that I am politically incorrect, then I don’t care.” According to the Basic Law, he even has the “right to be politically incorrect. I claim that for myself. ”In his opinion,“ political correctness is exclusively a moral instrument. It was “formulated by the people themselves.” When asked whether he would call himself a patriot, he answered hesitantly. “Yes and no. I like Germany, it has shaped me. But I’m so confident that I can imagine living somewhere else. There are advantages there too. “