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Integration of Immigrants – Strategies for Community Policy

Integration is experienced most profoundly at the local level To identify effective integration strategies, the German Ministry of the Interior and the Bertelsmann Stiftung launched a national competition entitled “Successful integration is no coincidence – Strategies for community policy.” Winners were selected by a jury chaired by Bundestag member Dr. Lale Akgün. At the awards ceremony on June 13, 2005, winners received a total of €50,000 for their exemplary integration policies. German Interior Minister Otto Schily praised the wide range of successful integration projects. Bertelsmann Stiftung CEO Heribert Meffert emphasized the active participation of citizens in the development and implementation of local strategies and measures.

Competition results announced

The winners are: Stuttgart (major metropolis); Solingen (midsized city); and the district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg together and the municipality of Belm (rural regions). The winning communities all demonstrated a political will that was translated into clear, viable integration policies. These policies play a large role in improving the integration of immigrants. These cities are clearly taking an approach that embraces the potential integration, and while they view immigration as advantageous for society, they do not ignore its problems. In addition, all those involved implement integration policies in an exemplary fashion, as a participatory process that everyone has a stake in.

A guide to best practices, containing the best examples from the competition, as well as the resulting proposals for action, will be published in at the end of the year. This guide will be made available to all policymakers at the local, regional and federal levels.

Project duration: 2004 to 2005

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