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Is the integration strategy effective and, if so, what are the tangible results at a local, regional and national level?

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Policies On Integration - Cohesion
02/03/2012 - 17:34
Short Answer

Yes, partly.

Qualitative Info

There has been a lot of criticism on the national integration strategy. Mainly, it aims at the fact that the National Integration Plan does not directly implement specific measures. In addition, the recently presented National Action Plan, which aims at phrasing specific, obligatory and testable integration goals, is often criticised by the opposition and by welfare and migrant organisations as being non-legally binding and thus ineffective.
With regard to the integration courses, the results of an evaluation study conducted by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (2011) indicated that integration courses are generally effective: They have a great and sustainable impact on the German language proficiency, on the frequency of contacts with Germans and on the employment situation.
By contrast, there is also criticism, for instance by integration course providers relating to the financing of the courses.



Friedrich Heckmann: 50 Jahre Integrationspolitik in Deutschland? efms paper 2010-5, p. 8f.

Germany, Federal Government (October 2008): Nationaler Integrationsplan – Erster Fortschrittsbericht.

Germany, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (December 2011): Das Integrationspanel – Ergebnisse einer Längsschnittstudie zur Wirksamkeit und Nachhaltigkeit von Integrationskursen.

MIGAZIN / DaÄźdelen, Sevim (13.09.2011): Populistische Integrationspolitik nach Kassenlage.

Migration und Bevölkerung (2008): Deutschland: Dritter Integrationsgipfel. Ausgabe 9, November 2008, p.1f.

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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Integration - social cohesion
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