Germany passes historic law on refugee integration

Source: The Local

The legislation sets out how to spur integration in a country traditionally slow to embrace newcomers, while laying down their rights and responsibilities in their adopted country.

Europe’s largest economy last year took in more than one million asylum seekers, prompting much soul-searching as well as criticism of the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who insists the country can cope with the influx.In an historic first for Germany, parliament adopted the text which includes plans for new anti-terror legislation and now goes forward for final ratification Friday in the upper house.The integration bill will provide subsidised courses to help newcomers settle down into new lives in Germany but will deny residence permits to those who fail to take up the offer of assistance.”The acquisition of the language is also necessary for provisional right to remain,” the law notably states.

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