Asylum Seekers

Integrate, Don't Ghettoize

ARCHIV - Der künftige Auszubildende Ayanie Osman Hosh aus Somalia sitzt am 25.01.2016 in Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt) in einem Minibagger. Die Bauunternehmensgruppe Günter Papenburg will in den nächsten drei Jahren rund 100 Flüchtlinge zu Berufskraftfahrern ausbilden. Das Unternehmen plane auch in den Bereichen Betonwerker, Baumaschinist und Bauhelfer Asylsuchende auszubilden. Derzeit absolvieren bereits 30 Flüchtlinge ein Praktikum mit dem Schwerpunkt «Erlernen der deutschen Sprache». Foto: Jan Woitas/dpa (zu dpa «SPD-Linke hält CDU-Integrationspaket für populistisch» vom 15.02.2016) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Integration is a two-way street.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • Unlike France’s integration contract, in place since 2007, the author argues that Germany’s integration contracts should stress incentives rather than sanctions.
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  • Facts

    Facts

    • Germany is divided over how to process, house and integrate 1.1 million refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.
    • The idea of an integration contracts between the host country and immigrants first arose in Germany 10 years ago, but nothing ever came of it.
    • The current refugee influx has prompted the two major parties, the CDU and the SPD, to revive the concept of a binding integration agreement with immigrants.
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The Integration Contract is something that comes up again and again as a beacon in discussions about Germany’s immigration policy.

Just 10 years ago, it was seen as a panacea to prevent ghettoization and the creation of parallel societies.

The previous administration’s coalition agreement stated: “Integration contracts will state the measures needed to achieve successful integration into German society and the German labor market.”

What happened to that idea?

Little to nothing at all. Integration contracts were supposed to help integrate people more closely and yet all they did was create unnecessary disagreements. After only a few test runs, the project was quietly and secretly buried.

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