Promoting Germany’s Language Melting Pot – Deutsche Welle article
The courses on German language and life don’t sound bad, of course. But what if you don’t play along?
bq. It’s up to the state immigration authorities to decide whether a person’s German isn’t up to scratch. If officials notice that applicants for residence permits or renewals cannot communicate in simple German, they send them to language classes. Officials at unemployment offices can also recommend foreign jobseekers and social welfare recipients for the courses, and if they refuse to take the classes their benefits will be cut.
I think SPD, CDU/CSU and FDP all believe foreigners should be integrated by hook or by crook.
An American translator visiting was expressing surprise a few weeks ago: in the USA, she said, people gradually integrate over a couple of generations, but not by force.
The local paper reports today that two-language classes for Greek children are about to stop. They survived longer than others, which ended in the early 1990s.
Thanks to Trevor, the creator of langwich sandwich.