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Every second immigrant fails the German test

Almost every second immigrant fails the integration course's German test. Of the approximately 202 000 participants, some 93 500 could not finish the course successfully.

Published: March 23, 2019, 12:47 pm

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    According to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, the Federal Ministry of Interior responded to the question after an AfD request.

    This shows to a failure rate of 45 percent, which means that the value has by five percentage points in comparison to the previous year, despite “significantly intensified” efforts. In 2017, only around 116 000 of 292 000 participants failed.

    The integration course was introduced in 2005 and consist of a German language test together with an orientation course for a better understanding of the counrty’s legal and social order, requiring participants to sit for an exam titled “Life in Germany”.

    The language programme consists of 600 lessons of 45 minutes each. The participants must reach the level “B1” according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​after passing the exam.

    But according to the report, the funds earmarked for integration in the federal budget increased last year from 610 million euros to 765 million euros, although the number of participants has fallen.

    According to German daily Die Welt, the first-time visitors include almost 40 000 Syrians, 15 000 Afghans and 13 000 Iraqis, suggesting that almost half of the participants are illiterate.

    Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has been accused of not offering quality courses, and inspections have been stepped up. No clear guidelines were allegedly given to assess what constitutes “orderly, regular attendance” of courses, leaving it up to the individual teacher to decide if a participant has attended often enough to pass.

    The BAMF ran checks on at least 90 percent of course providers in 2018, resulting in more funds being allocated to the institution.

    On Friday, Die Welt published a report about the providers that are being sued by the BAMF for fraud and the falsifying of documents. The newspaper revealed that one course provider is suspected of letting participants pass without the required language skills in order for migrants to obtain citizenship.

    The report says 16 providers had seen their license revoked or not renewed last year. The BAMF will be publishing their final report in May.


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