A portion of Mischel's Facebook post which has since been deleted
The ADR announced on Monday that Sylvie Mischel had resigned as the party’s vice president and president of its women's section, following a controversial Facebook post in which she criticised the government’s policy on migration.
In the post, which has since been deleted, Mischel had included a photo of immigration minister Jean Asselborn (LSAP), surrounded by a group from Niger who had recently been granted international protection in Luxembourg, calling the image the “first campaign poster for 2023” for the LSAP.
In its 9 December letter, the ADR stated, “In a series of comments that were published on the Internet…a boundary has been crossed in the sense that some people have published comments, from which the ADR dissociates itself in all forms”.
ADR deputy Fernand Kartheiser appears to have shared the post; and according to RTL, ADR president Jean Schoos “said he would discuss the matter with Sylvie Mischel, Fernand Kartheiser and Gast Gibéryen next week”, though he refused to denounce the post itself.
In the meantime, social media users took to Jean Asselborn's original post about the refugees to continue the debate but also to welcome the newcomers to Luxembourg and citing the UN Refugee Agency's perspectives on resettlement.