This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

BAMF - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees)

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), based in Nuremberg, is a federal authority under the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and is the competence centre for migration and integration in Germany. It is responsible for the Nationwide Integration Programme, the management of the asylum process, the protection of refugees, and assisted return.

Promoting language skills and the social integration of immigrants in Germany is a key focus of the BAMF’s work. Within this area, it is responsible for:
  • integration courses (German language and orientation courses)): development of course concepts, authorisation of language course providers, quality control, teacher training
  • courses in German for professional purposes
  • German courses for children and young people
  • migration advice for adults and young people
  • integration project support
  • academic research into migration issues.

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