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Pre-integrative language training

Since August 2007, spouses have only been allowed to move to Germany if they can demonstrate basic knowledge of the German language. The Goethe-Institut is creating internationally fair conditions for the language certificate.

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Transition Management

The transition from a language course in the home country to an integration course in Germany does not always run smoothly. This has prompted the Goethe-Institut to focus more closely on the issue of “transition management”.

Integration courses

The integration courses introduced in 2005 aim to improve and facilitate the linguistic integration of immigrants in Germany.

Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses

In autumn 2006, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) commissioned the development of a framework curriculum for the integration courses and a tiered language examination for immigrants (A2–B1).

German test for immigrants

On 1 July 2009, a new German examination was introduced to complete the integration courses in Germany, the ‘Deutschtest für Zuwanderer’.

Teaching qualifications

Specialist, professionally trained teaching staff are required for successful lessons in German as a Second Language. The Goethe-Institut offers specific teacher training for German as a Second Language.

Training courses for imams

"Imams for Integration" - further education in German language and cultural studies for Imams working in Germany

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Integration debate

DiversMbassy – Diversity as an Opportunity

How can social diversity be of benefit in the workplace? The Goethe-Institut has launched a unique project to answer this question. More ...
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    Migration Politics

    Threatened Peoples – “Europe must initiate massive programmes”

    Tilman Zülch, General Secretary of the Society for Threatened Peoples, on the situation of minorities in Germany and the debate on immigration from south-eastern Europe. More ...
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      Migration Stories

      Open to new ways – Muslim Boy Scouts in Germany

      As part of an international youth movement, members of the Muslim Boy and Girls Scouts Federation of Germany want to ensure peace and understanding. More ...
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        Media companies and foundations offer special journalist training programs for immigrants. | © Deutsche Welle

        Integration Debate

        A Distorted Image – journalists from an immigrant background in German Media

        For quite some time now cultural diversity has been a feature of German society. Nevertheless most of the time there is no sign of it at all in editorial offices. More ...
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          Education & Language

          How Much German Is Enough? – Skilled Migrant Workers and Their Knowledge of German

          Anyone who works in Germany needs some knowledge of German. In certain sectors particular language skills are required. More ...
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            Stories of Migration

            Video series “Germany: The Opportunity”

            People from all over the world come to Germany to live, work and study. How do they prepare for this? What kind of world do they leave behind? A new series of video portraits offers a lively insight into the world of European immigrants before their arrival in Germany. More ...
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              Stories of Migration

              Listen to Mobility

              There are plenty of statistics about “mobility”. But who are the people behind the numbers? Why do they come to Germany? Here are some answers from the people themselves. More ...
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                Migration Stories

                Arrived? – European expats talk about living abroad in Europe

                French cooks in Antwerp and Greek information specialists in Berlin: Seven Goethe-Instituts in Europe have come together to collect letters from EU citizens who live and work abroad within Europe. Why have they left their home countries? And have their dreams come true? More ...
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                  Our Focus

                  My Path to Germany – Transition Management website

                  “My Path to Germany” contains a wide range of innovative language learning offers as well as accessible, easy-to-use information for migrants and a guide to (migration) advisory services. More ...