Aydan Özoğuz (born 31 May 1967) is a German politician. She is a member of the Bundestag for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) (since 2009), and was elected deputy chairperson of the party in 2011. She currently serves as Minister of State in the German Chancellery and Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration (since 2013).
She was born on 31 May 1967 in Finkenau, Hamburg to Turkish parents, who came to Germany in 1958. She grew up in Hamburg-Lokstedt. Her parents went later into their own food business. Aydan Özoğuz acquired the German citizenship in 1989. She has two brothers, Yavuz and Gürhan.
Özoğuz is on the board of trustees of the “Muslim Academy in Germany” (German: Muslimische Akademie in Deutschland), a foundation in Berlin. Since 2010, she is also deputy member of the board of the trustees of the German Historical Museum and the Foundation for History of Federal Republic of Germany (German: Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).
From 2004 till 2009 she was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamisches Wissenschafts- und Bildungsinstitut [“Islamic Institute for Science and Education”].
Her brothers Yavuz Özoğuz and Gürhan Özoğuz, both staunch and avowed admirers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hizballah, run the Islamist internet site Muslim-Markt. Aydan Özoğuz distanced herself from her brothers on their radical Islamist viewpoints in a newspaper interview in October 2011.
Absolutely reassuring! – if only for the German Social Democrats (and “Greens”) in terms of future “moderate muslim” voters, perhaps. But maybe also for “our living together”, which, due to the fact that “our society will continue to become more multifaceted”, “must be renegotiated every day”, even if that may “occasionally” be “painful”, as Özoğuz announced one month ago in her “strategy paper” for an “integrative refugee policy”. Not only reassuring, kind of exciting also, isn’t it?
If you have any friends, acquaintances or business partners in Germany who have not been answering your emails, text messages, letters and/or phone calls for some time and you are a bit worried about what might have happened to them, maybe you don’t have to be. They might just be bloody busy renegotiating their living together all the time, more and more, lately, all the more as more and more new, mostly tough Muslim “renegotiators” keep arriving.