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The aim of integration is to include all people who live legally and permanently in our country into society. Integration affects all of us - long-time residents as well as immigrants.

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Our coexistence should be characterized by respect, mutual trust, a feeling of togetherness and shared responsibility. The integration of immigrants should enable equal opportunities and actual participation in all areas, especially in social, economic and cultural life. The state supports this with comprehensive integration offers.

The prerequisite for this is that the people who come to us with the prospect of permanent residence learn the German language and strive for a basic knowledge of our history and our state structure. This is particularly about the importance of the free democratic basic order of Germany, the party system, the federal structure, the welfare state, equal rights as well as tolerance and religious freedom. The Basic Law as the German constitution applies to everyone: it must be lived as the basis for people to live together in Germany. Immigrants too, like the people who live here, have to abide by German laws and respect the applicable values ​​and customs.

Successful integration means feeling part of a community. It means developing a common understanding of how to live together in society. Immigration can therefore only succeed as a reciprocal process. It presupposes the willingness of the majority society to accept it - as well as the willingness of the immigrants to respect the rules of the receiving country and to strive for their own integration.

Commitment at all levels required

Integration requires commitment in almost all areas of life and from all levels of government. Many federal ministries, the states and, above all, the municipalities, but also many non-state actors, are involved. The importance of civil society engagement has become particularly clear in recent years when it comes to the immigration of refugees. Successful integration promotes social cohesion as a whole and at the same time increases the attractiveness of our country for foreign skilled workers.

With the integration course, migration counseling for adults and a variety of integration projects, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs promotes integration in Germany.

Franco-German Integration Council

With the Franco-German Integration Council (DFIR) founded in May 2017, Germany and France want to intensify the exchange on the important task of successfully integrating immigrants.

On July 13, 2017, in the run-up to the Franco-German Council of Ministers in Paris, the DFIR co-chairs, the then interior ministers of Germany and France, Dr. Thomas de Maizière and Gérard Collomb, as well as the two representatives for German-French cooperation, Michael Roth and Nathalie Loiseau, together.

On November 7, 2017, the 24-person council met for the first time in Berlin and gave itself a work program for the next three years.

On November 23, 2018, the DFIR met for the second time in Paris at the invitation of France. In the meantime, the members of the DFIR had exchanged ideas in working groups on the topics of communicating language and values ​​as well as on integration into the labor market.

Residence Act and Federal Expellees Act as the basis

The Residence Act and the Federal Expellees Act are an essential basis for shaping the federal integration policy. The minimum framework for integration offers by the federal government is stipulated here by law.