Greens criticise de Maizières integration proposal

Hofreiter demands improvement of opportunities

The head of the Green parliamentary fraction Anton Hofreiter has criticised the integration laws proposed by the Home Secretary Thomas de Maizière (CDU).

The head of the Green parliamentary fraction Anton Hofreiter has criticised the integration laws proposed by the Home Secretary Thomas de Maizière (CDU). Hofreiter told the "Passauer Neuen Presse" (Tuesday edition) that "before the Home Secretary demands even harsher sanctions he should at first improve the integration opportunities." The integration plans also include a range of language courses. In addition de Maizière will have to ensure that the federal office for migration and refugees is properly equipped and that the asylum processes are quickened.

De Maizière wants to ensure that refugees depend on their willingness to intregrate into society on whether they are allowed to remain in Germany or not. He also said in an interview to the ARD that those who refuse to learn German or decline job offers will not be allowed to obtain a permanent residency permit after three years which is still the current legal right.

The CDU politician wants to develop the new integration laws in cooperation with the federal minister for labour Andreas Nahles (SPD). De Maizière hopes that the new developments will be resolved by the federal cabinet by May.

© 2016 AFP


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