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Welcome – Learning German for refugees

Beginning now, refugees who want to learn German in Germany fast and for free can find here a variety of language learning opportunities offered by the Goethe-Institut: goethe.de/willkommen

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

Library Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Knowledge and encounter | © Robert Kneschke – Fotolia.com
Arriving in a new country with a different culture and language confronts all refugees with a challenge. To make their arrival easier, libraries in Germany offer many different services and so contribute to a culture of welcoming. More ...
    Further Reading
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    Shabbyshabby Apartments, “Fountain of Fortune” in the Fortuna Fountain at Isartorplatz, 2015, Photographer: Matthias Kestel

    Cultural Scene

    Public space: the morning after

    Cynicism, art or a revolution in public space? How the Munich Kammerspiele’s theatre experiment Shabbyshabby Apartments meets the reality of the refugee crisis. More ...
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      Migration Politics

      Refugees, welcome to my flat share

      “Refugees, Welcome” is the name of an initiative that places refugees in flat shares or private accommodations in Germany and Austria. More ...
        After shaky first steps, practice helps the youngsters gain self-confidence (Photo: Enis Yücel)

        Integration Debate

        “We hope we can continue our work” – The refugee work of the Goethe-Institut Istanbul

        How does the Goethe-Institut in Istanbul work with millions of Syrians are fleeing from war and violence in their homeland? We spoke with the director of the institute, Christian Lüffe. More ...
          Career in Germany: Michelle-Ange Monteu from Cameroon works as a doctor in Baden-Württemberg; © anerkennung-in-deutschland.de

          Education and Language

          “The chances are good” – Foreign Professional Qualifications

          People who come to Germany from abroad and hope to find work here face a number of obstacles. As the expert Ariane Baderschneider explains, however, more and more advice centres and programmes are available to help ascertain whether qualifications obtained in a person’s home country will be recognized in Germany. More ...
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            Integration debate

            Private aid for refugees – under the banner of humanity

            A group of men and women from Brandenburg refused to watch idly as people die in the Mediterranean. With their ship Sea-Watch, the helpers rescue refugees from the deadly trap. More ...
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              Integration Debate

              Europe On The Move – And In Transition

              Since the crisis of 2009 thousands of Spaniards, Greeks and Italians left their home countries. How have people and politics in Germany reacted to these immigrants? Find out in the following four statements. More ...
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                The German-Tunisian and Hertha star Änis Ben-Hatira supports his “little brothers” at MitternachtsSport nearly every weekend | © MitternachtsSport e. V.

                Cultural scene

                Integration and sport: Multiculturalism – a means to success

                Sport integrates people from all walks of life and backgrounds. In professional sport in particular, heterogeneous teams have proved highly successful. 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 ...
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                    Stories of Migration

                    Dossier “My Everyday Life in Germany”

                    What is it like for people around the world to come to Germany from another country? What experiences in everyday working life are involved? Six people with Israeli, Indian, Turkish, Brazilian, Japanese and Tansanian roots tell about their daily lives in Germany. More ...