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Shaping Immigration and Integration
Positively – Strenghtening Cohesion
Immigration and Integration Concept (Version II) of the Free State of Saxony
FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER.
VON MENSCH ZU MENSCH.*
Short Version
* german translation

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Dear fellow citizens and readers:
“Shaping Immigration and Integration Positively – Strengthening Cohesion”
is the guid-
ing principle of the Immigration and Integration Concept of the Free State of Saxony. It was
adopted in April 2018 and draws upon a previous version which was formulated in 2012. The
policy was developed with broad public participation and takes account of current develop-
ments, opportunities and responsibilities. It also includes our humanitarian responsibility for
and solidarity with refugees.
The short version of the concept is designed to give you an essential overview of the areas
this policy covers and their application. In doing so, we would like to introduce you to the
work of the government of the State of Saxony with regard to immigration and integration
and to make our efforts transparent. The concept serves as a guideline for our government
but at the same time it also is a discussion paper. Thus it is a dynamic concept that has been
designed to leave room for flexibility in real-life implementation. We welcome your feedback
and are open to your ideas and suggestions.
(For more information and the long version of the policy including the implementation plan,
please visit our website:
www.zik.sachsen.de)
Petra Köpping
State Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration
PREFACE

CONTENT
Introduction 4
Formulation 5
Paths to Saxony
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Target Groups
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Our Understanding of Integration
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Core Messages of the Immigration and Integration Concept
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1.
Communicating future challenges. Debating. Reaching consensus.
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2.
Realising and fulfilling potential. Enabling equal participation.
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3.
Ensuring conformity with the German Basic Law and our Saxon Constitution.
Showing courage.
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4.
Communicating Togetherness. Strengthening Social Cohesion.
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5.
Ensuring Success. Monitoring Implementation. Measuring Goals.
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Overview of Key Areas
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Language and Communication
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Early Childhood and School Education
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Catching-Up on Basic Education
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Tertiary Education / Science
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Vocational Training and Further Education / Work
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Housing and Living Environments
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Health and Care
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Gender Equality
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Protection against Violence
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Anti-Discrimination Policy
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Intercultural Opening – Charter of Diversity
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Social Togetherness
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OUTLOOK 42

IMMIGRATION AND INTEGRATION CONCEPT (VERSION II) OF THE FREE STATE OF SAXONY
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INTRODUCTION
The goal of Saxon policy is to ensure
that life in our Free State is good and
that the quality of life is high for all
residents, regardless of whether they
live in the countryside, a town or city.
For this reason our Immigration and
Integration Concept includes specific
goals and measures to integrate peo-
ple with a migrant background in our
society.
How can we achieve this in a sustain-
able fashion? Integration and social
cohesion are best
attained when
doors and avenues
are open to every-
one. This means
that every person with a migrant
background should have equal access
to social opportunities to the extent
that their residential status permits.
This requires the state to provide tai-
lor-made programs to facilitate inte-
gration and to ensure that everyone
is treated equally by interculturally
sensitising our public administration,
businesses and society in general.
A key element of successful integra-
tion is the mutual acceptance and
respect for one another by all people
that reside here. To imbue this with
meaning, public administration at
all levels of government and society
need to work toward a good quality
of life for everyone in our democratic
community. Fact-based and objective
debates are a part of that. Everyone
is invited to contribute to a culture of
respect and openness. Now and in the
future. Every day.
Integration and social cohesion
are best attained when doors and
avenues are open to everyone.

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FORMULATION
The formulation of the Immigration and
Integration Concept included different
actors. In the year 2012, the State of
Saxony issued its first immigration and
integration concept entitled “Respect,
Tolerance and Understanding.” In the
year 2014, on the basis of a coalition
agreement a broader discussion was
initiated in public and parliament. In
due course, the Immigration and In-
tegration Concept (Version II) was
developed under the leadership of the
Department of the State Minister for
Equal Opportunities and Integration in
the Saxon Ministry for Social Affairs
and Consumer Protection.
Key actors included representatives of
all branches of government and the
state chancellery in an inter-ministe-
rial task group as well as the advisory
council for migration and integration
that was composed of representa-
tives of various migrant organisations,
businesses, science, religious groups,
political parties and public administra-
tion. Key stakeholders in the area of
immigration and integration from gov-
ernment at all levels, civil society, the
scientific community and businesses
participated in the process. From March
to July 2017, discussions were also ini-
tiated as part of a number of dialogue
conferences with key
regional and national
associations (“Ver-
bändegespräche”) in
each of which more
than 200 participants took part. Local
citizens were also invited to partici-
pate through two online forums. Con-
sequently more than 800 commentar-
ies were made during the formulation
process. Thank you to everyone for
participating!
A parliamentary discussion was con-
ducted in the course of a government
policy statement in May 2018 by the
State Minister for Equal Opportunities
and Integration. Thus all members of
parliament of the State of Saxony were
informed about the concept and can
constructively participate in future
debates.
More than 800 commentaries
were made during the formula-
tion of the policy.

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PATHS TO SAXONY
The economic and industrial develop-
ment of the State of Saxony was al-
ways associated with migration. Today
Saxony is internationally recognised
for its industry, scientific research and
universities and continues to draw upon
that history. Indeed,
migration is a part of
European history. The
ancestors of present
day Saxons were
mostly migrants who settled in what
were then areas populated by Slavs.
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The famous Elector of Saxony, Augus-
tus the Strong, brought many out-
standing artists and craftspeople from
all over Europe to his court. Through-
out the ages, miners came from the
Harz Mountains and Bohemia, machine
builders from Alsace Lorraine and the
United Kingdom, automotive pioneers
from Denmark, investors from the Mid-
dle East, as well as artists, scientists
and researchers from all corners of
the globe. Economically, scientifically
and culturally these migrants made a
great contribution to the development
of present-day Saxony. They success-
fully integrated in Saxony and became
a part of our society.
As a consequence of the Second World
War, hundreds of thousands of dis-
placed persons resettled here from
formerly German territories further
to the East. They greatly contributed
to the reconstruction of the state of
Saxony. The role played by contract
workers from Poland and Hungary,as
Vietnam, Cuba, Angola and Mozam-
bique, who arrived in the German
Democratic Republic from the 1960s
onwards, should also be recognised.
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Bünz, Müller, Schattkowsky, Spieker (Editors, Institute for Saxon History and Ethnology); „Sachsen Weltoffen! Mobilität
– Fremdheit – Toleranz,“ Dresden 2016 (sponsored by the State Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration and the
State Commissioner for Foreigner Affairs).
The economic and industrial de-
velopment of Saxony was always
associated with migration.
Miners, machine builders, auto-
motive pioneers, investors, artists,
scientists and researchers from all
parts of the globe came to Saxony.
The ancestors of present-day
Saxons were mostly migrants that
settled in what where then areas
populated by Slavs.

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According to the current definition of the Federal Statistical Office, persons have a migrant background if they or one
of their parents had a foreign nationality at birth. This includes foreign nationals, naturalised citizens, ethnic German
immigrants, as well the descendants of such persons.
TARGET GROUPS
The target groups are primarily per-
sons with a migrant background.
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This
includes new arrivals as well as peo-
ple that have been residing here for
a longer period of time and want to
integrate better. For integration to be
successful, everyone has to make an
effort and contribute.
In the year 2016, approximately
267.000 persons with a migrant back-
ground resided in Saxony.
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Approxi-
mately 37 percent (98.000) were Ger-
man citizens. In 2016, 1.453 persons
acquired German citizenship. Persons
with a migrant background made up
6.5 percent out of the total population
in 2016. This was an increase of 2.4
percent in relation to the year 2012.
Of the total population of Saxony
numbering 4.081.783 persons on De-
cember 31, 2016, 171.683 held a for-
eign nationality which was an increase
of 8.1 percent in relation to the year
before. The total number of foreign
nationals corresponded to 4.1 percent
which was well below the German av-
erage of above 11 percent. One year
later, 195.227 foreign nationals were
residing in Saxony.
On December 31, 2017, 23.917 asylum
seekers (with applications pending in
asylum procedure or whose applica-
tions have been refused) resided in
Saxony. This includes persons whose
application is still being processed as
well as those who were not recognised
as refugees. Since the year 2012, the
State of Saxony has
received more than
2.000 persons un-
der the federal and
state reception pro-
grams for Syrian refugees and other
humanitarian programs. On Decem-
ber 31, 2017, 24.872 people who have
been granted some form of asylum (a
residence permit in accordance with
section 25 [1] to [3]) were residing
in Saxony.
The local population of the state of
Saxony is also a target group. They
share a responsibility to contribute to
the common interest and to strengthen
democratic institutions and to advance
social cohesion. This includes working
toward a respectful, open, and bi-
as-free, social environment.
On December 31, 2017, 195.227
foreign nationals were residing
in Saxony.
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Further information can be found in the long version of the version of the Concept (Version II) which can be accessed at
www.zik.sachsen.de.

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TOP 20 FOREIGN NATIONALITIES IN SAXONY:
as of 31.12.2017

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OUR UNDERSTANDING
OF INTEGRATION
The state government of the Free State
of Saxony defines this as follows:
“Integration is a social and cross-gen-
erational process, that aims to ensure
equal access to all aspects of social,
economic, cultural and political life.
This process is supported by various,
demand-oriented, measures and of-
fers. The scope and scale of opportu-
nities open to individuals depends on
their residential status.
Integration is a cross-sectional task
with opportunities and challenges for
the Free State of Saxony. Successful
integration enables the strengthening
of the public good and its ability and
capacity to do so in a period of rapid
demographic change and accelerated
globalisation. Integration includes
two key dimensions: On the one hand,
the inclusion of persons with a mi-
grant background in society and, on
the other hand, the maintenance and
strengthening of social cohesion.
Integration will work when all residents
of Saxony maintain respect and tol-
erance towards each
other, regardless of
their social or cultural
backgrounds, on the
basis of the demo-
cratic political order
and the values derived
thereof. All residents
have a stake and in-
terest in making this
happen. A high motivation to embrace
change and to assume responsibility
is key for successful integration and a
strong democratic society. Integration
creates social cohesion.”
Integration will work when all
residents of Saxony maintain
respect and tolerance for each
other, regardless of their social
or cultural backgrounds, on the
basis of the democratic political
order and the values derived
thereof.

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CORE MESSAGES OF THE IMMIGRATION
AND INTEGRATION CONCEPT
The following five core messages are a summary of the essential elements:
1. COMMUNICATING FUTURE CHALLENGES.
DEBATING. REACHING CONSENSUS.
Globalisation, digitalisation, the
knowledge economy pose key demands
to the Free state of Saxony. Moreo-
ver, we are wit-
nessing declining
public expendi-
tures and demo-
graphic change.
Integration as a
cross-sectional
task has a special significance for
the future. It impacts all social and
political dimensions, in particular the
capacity of government. Thus, the gov-
ernment of Saxony views the task of
immigration and integration as part
and parcel of a total strategy. In ad-
dition to other labour market meas-
ures, Saxony needs the immigration
of skilled labour to ensure continued
economic prosperity. At the same time,
it accepts refugees to meet its human-
itarian responsibility. To obtain social
consensus, a fact-based and open so-
cial debate is essential.
The Free State of Saxony needs the
immigration of skilled labour to ensure
continued economic prosperity. At the
same time, it accepts refugees to meet
its humanitarian responsibility.
Saxony needs the immigration of skilled labour to ensure continued
economic prosperity. At the same time, it accepts refugees to meet its
humanitarian responsibility.

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3. ENSURING CONFORMITY WITH THE
GERMAN BASIC LAW AND THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF SAXONY.
SHOWING COURAGE.
2. REALISING AND FULFILLING POTENTIAL.
ENABLING EQUAL PARTICIPATION.
The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of
Germany (“Grundgesetz”) and the Saxon
Constitution are the foundation of our le-
gal system and source of our values. They
form the basis of all meaningful social
interaction taking account of cultural
diversity and the rights of individuals to
pursue their life and goals. The dignity
of individuals is the most important el-
ement of the Basic Law. This means that
every person is equal before the law
regardless of their origin, gender or age.
All persons in Saxony should be
empowered to assume responsibil-
ity and partake in our peaceful and
democratic social order. Crime and
extremism that threaten our peace-
ful coexistence are
to be dealt with
by the rule of law
and preventative
measures. Through
civil courage, hostile and inhumane
worldviews can be kept in check and
dispelled. The Concept for Immigra-
tion and Integration includes specific
measures and proposals in this regard
(see Part 4 of the Concept).
We want to enable persons with a migrant
background to participate in equal measure in
key aspects of social life and to promote their
potential to the extent that their residential
status permits.
To this end, we have developed specific meas-
ures in the following areas (see Part 3 of the
Concept):
• Language and communication
• Early childhood education as well as
primary and secondary education
• Catching-up on missed basic education
• Tertiary education/ science
• Vocational training and Further
education/ work
• Housing and living environments
• Health and care
• Gender equality
• Prevention of violence
• Anti-discrimination
• Intercultural opening of public adminis-
tration, business and civil society
Every person is equal before the
law regardless of their origin,
gender or age.

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4. COMMUNICATING TOGETHERNESS.
STRENGTHENING SOCIAL COHESION.
5. ENSURING SUCCESS. MONITORING
IMPLEMENTATION. MEASURING GOALS.
We - together. Our social togetherness
is predicated upon our solidarity with
one another. Democracy and social to-
getherness call for in-
dividual participation,
a sense of community
and a willingness to
embrace and defend
our democratic order.
Integration is not a singular event but
an ongoing process. It’s a total, inter-
generational, social endeavour. More
diversity leads to more flexibility and
innovation but it can also result in more
conflicts in everyday life. Mutual re-
spect, the acceptance of democratic
values, a willingness to engage in di-
alogue and the inclusion of everyone,
form the basis of a common culture
of participation in which conflicting
opinions are tolerated. The Concept for
Immigration and Integration supports
this process through specific measures.
Successes in integration can be meas-
ured and represented. The Concept for
Immigration and Integration identi-
fies specific goals,
measures and actors
in relevant areas and
includes measures to
develop a strategic
integration manage-
ment system. This is
predicated on a dynamic plan of ac-
tion, a linking up of all relevant parties,
the establishing of a state integration
monitoring, regular reporting and on-
going research on integration. Regular
control and evaluation of the goals
and objectives enable a timely adap-
tation to changed circumstances and
social dialogue.
Integration is not a singular
event but an ongoing process.
It’s a total, intergenerational,
endeavour.
The Concept for Immigration and
Integration identifies specific
goals, measures and actors in
relevant areas and includes
measures to develop a strategic
integration management system.
Photo: Practising Perspective-Change in an Initial Registration Facility in Dresden

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OVERVIEW OF KEY AREAS
LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
For the successful integration of people with a migrant background, whose first
language is not German, the acquisition of the German language is essential.
To read, speak and write in German is an indispensable requirement for inte-
gration. Thus it is essential to require and promote the acquisition of German
language skills.
Furthermore, individual language skills enable people with a migrant background
to enter into dialogue with the local population and to readily communicate
with public administration. Thus, barriers in communication can more easily be
overcome directly upon arrival.
Goals:
To enable access to language courses
at different levels of proficiency.
• To provide state-financed courses
to persons that don’t have access
to federally funded language or in-
tegration courses.
• To encourage persons to “own” their
language learning and to continue
learning on their own.
• To allow people to effectively com-
municate in all essential and rele-
vant situations by means of effec-
tive language use
Sample Measures (Selection):
Language Acquisition:
• Encouraging the federal govern-
ment to better monitor access to
language learning. At the same
time, to optimise and improve the
cooperative steering management
to coordinate at a regional level, EU,
federal and state-funded programs.
• Implementing a state-funded lan-
guage learning program for every-
one that is not entitled to partici-
pate in a federal integration course
and has been assigned to a munic-
ipality with the right to work. This
includes literacy courses as well as
the courses “German Right Now”
and “German Qualified.” In addition,
language courses have also been
newly-introduced in correctional
facilities.
• Promoting voluntary training for
further language acquisition.
Communication:
• Implementing and institutionalising
initial orientation courses for refu-
gees in all initial registration facilities.
• Providing “SprInt” Service Cen-
tres for language and integration
coaches to support municipalities
in developing local services.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL EDUCATION
Early childhood and school education create a sustainable basis for integration
and personal success. They are requisites for future career perspectives and
equal participation in our society. Investments in education and lifelong learn-
ing also strengthen the local economy and enable us to mitigate against skills
shortages in the future.
• This means that the whole educational process from early childhood educa-
tion through schooling to vocational training or academic studies has to be
further improved and aligned as one continual process with fluent transitions
from one stage to another.
• Moreover, this entails optimising educational language to develop educational
competence in German and continuing to promote bi- and multilingualism
as a particular educational resource
Practice Example: Supplementary Language Learning Program and
Language and Intercultural Sensitisation
In 2017 more than 10.000 persons that did not have access to a federal-
ly-funded integration course participated in the state-funded program.
The setting up of SprInt Service Centres for language and integration
coaches serves as a blueprint for future development. Per municipality we
have budgeted 77.000 EUR for a total of 1.000.000 EUR. Migrants benefit
from this in two ways: Firstly, communication is improved and effective
interpretations save follow-up costs. On the other hand, the SprInt Service
Centres provide qualifications for migrants and enable better access to
the labour market.
Goals:
• Enabling equal participation in
early education through spe-
cific measures in crèches, child
day care, kindergartens and af-
ter-school care centres through
the Saxon state education plan.
• Ensuring equal participation in
school education on the basis of
the Schools Act of the state of
Saxony and the state Concept for
the Integration of Migrants.

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Practice Example: “Welcome” Day Care Centres in Saxony
In 2014, the pilot project “Welcome” Day Care Centres was initiated in
Saxony. The project management organisation is the German Children
and Youth Foundation. “Welcome” day care centres are intercultural ven-
ues where children from families that seek refugee status are welcome
and can feel at home. The pedagogues working there build a support net-
work with experts to facilitate the integration process locally. At present
21 selected institutions are supported with training, expert consultants
and help in building a local network. The program is financed by the
Saxon Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and the state program
“Open-Minded Saxony for Democracy and Tolerance.”
Practice Example: German as a Second Language in Preparatory Classes
To encourage educational success, level descriptors in German have been
introduced as a part of the curriculum of every school subject. With this
innovative approach the educational claim that “language competence
is the task of every subject” is put into to practice and technical language
development is enhanced. It now is possible for specialist teachers to
systematically gauge the individual language development of their pupils
and adapt their teaching accordingly.
Sample Measures (Selection):
Early Childhood Education:
• Expanding “Welcome” and Lan-
guage promoting Day Care Centres
and creating an environment fa-
vourable to integration.
• Training key personnel in intercul-
tural competence and foreign lan-
guage skills and acquiring skilled
personnel and volunteers with a mi-
grant background, foreign language
skills and intercultural competence.
• Facilitating day care centres in so-
cially disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
• Promoting cultural sensitivity in
dealing with parents with a migrant
background to increase the attend-
ance rate of their children.
School Education:
• Developing educational language
competence and language educa-
tion systematically (in particular
by including level descriptors for
German as a Second Language as a
part of every school subject).
• Furthering bilingualism and mul-
tilingualism as an educational
resource (e.g. in the context of
full-day educational programs and
further education in the language
of origin).
• Supporting schools with prepara-
tory classes (which include specific
advisory and support services).

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CATCHING-UP ON MISSED BASIC EDUCATION
In addition to language skills, refugees often lack the formal education to partake
in a vocational training program. At the same time, the demand for unskilled
labour is limited and prospectively declining. An important objective of successful
integration is to enable as many young persons as possible to obtain vocational
training. This enables them to enter the labour market, and in the medium- to
long-term, will contribute to ensure a continuous supply of skilled labour.
Goals:
• Enabling participants to participate
in a vocational training program
(based on the four stage model of
the Federal Employment Agency)
and/or to allow them to purse em-
ployment on the labour market. The
first and foremost goal is to help
them acquire the appropriate edu-
cational qualifications they need to
join a vocational training program
or to jumpstart their career.
Sample Measures:
• A special educational module has
been developed by the Saxon Min-
istry of Education and Cultural Af-
fairs for young adults with a mi-
grant background without or with
an interrupted educational career
to enable them to attain a basic ed-
ucation thus enabling them to pur-
sue further vocational training. This
program focuses on maths, natural
sciences, IT and language for specific
purposes. It is enhanced by supple-
mentary measures provided by the
Federal Employment Agency such as
internships and work opportunities.
Practice Example: Native Language Learning
The language skills and abilities of children that grow up bilingually or multi-
lingually are viewed as a special gift that is to be encouraged and enhanced.
To this end, the State of Saxony offers voluntary language courses in different
foreign languages such as Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Hungarian,
Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish,
Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

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TERTIARY EDUCATION / SCIENCE
Access to institutes of higher education is open to all citizens of the European Un-
ion, as well as nationals of other countries, under the same conditions as German
citizens. International students are of significance to the local labour market and are
an important factor in maintaining a positive migratory balance. Science can make
advances in quality and innovation by drawing upon foreign experts and talent.
Goals:
• Strengthening Saxon institutes of
higher education and research in-
stitutions in their international out-
look. They are important actors of
intercultural dialogue in the area of
education, research, development
and innovation.
• Allowing Saxon institutes of higher
education to serve as a magnet
for foreign scientists through their
scientific excellence.
• Training and advising graduates
of Saxon institutes of higher ed-
ucation as they are transitioning
to the labour market with a view
toward keeping them in Saxony.
• Empowering refugees with aca-
demic inclinations to take up or
continue with a program of studies
in their respective area of interest.
Sample Measures (Selection):
The institutes of higher education
develop and implement their own
internationalisation strategy.
The staff levels of the International
Offices of the institutes of higher
education have been increased.
• Through the implementation of
specific “in-house” programs, such
as mentoring programs, prepara-
tory courses and language training,
the academic success of foreign
students is to be improved.
Practice Example: Career Service at Saxon Institutes of Higher
Education
The Career Service of Saxon institutes of higher education (for example
TU Dresden, TU Chemnitz and West Saxon University of Applied Science in
Zwickau), encourage networking between students and potential employers.
With a broad portfolio of offering, these competence centres also support
students as they transition to employment and assists employers in gaining
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Practice Example: Language Courses at Institutes of Higher Education
Five institutes of higher education in Saxony offer supplementary lan-
guage courses to prepare refugees for the German language entry ex-
amination (DSH) required to enter university. Starting at the B2 level (in
German), these courses qualify for a grant according to the Federal Law
on Training and Education Promotion.
Practice Example: Science and Research on the Topic of Integration
Science and research can play a key role in identifying the key factors
and elements for successful integration and the corresponding social
challenges. For this reason the State of Saxony supports the Centre for
Integration Studies at TU Dresden (ZfI) and the research network IFRiS on
Integration, Xenophobia, and Right-Wing Extremism in Saxony.

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND
FURTHER EDUCATION / WORK
Qualified persons with a migrant background can contribute toward securing
skilled labour in the future. Through their competence and contributions,
they can give key impulses for innovation. Their language skills and net-
works in their countries of origin can serve to build and enhance worldwide
economic linkages.
Goals:
• To attract and encourage the mi-
gration of skilled and qualified
labour, talents and entrepreneurs
from the European Union and
third-countries.
• To To highlight the importance of
the freedom of movement within
the European Union and to inte-
grate the labour market and vo-
cational system of Saxony with
the border areas in Czech Republic
and Poland.
• To empower persons with a mi-
grant background (in particular
refugees) within their residential
statuses in their integration in the
local labour market so that they
can make a living from their re-
spective talents and can contrib-
ute toward increasing the overall
pool of skilled personnel.
Sample Measures:
• Attracting skilled labour and talent
to the State of Saxony.
• Providing persons with a migrant
background with needs-based and
customised information, consul-
tation and advisory services with
regard to work, vocational training
opportunities, living conditions and
support programs.
• Helping Small and Medium-Sized
Enterprises (SMEs) to obtain and
retain young professionals and ex-
perts from abroad.
• Ensuring that the qualifications and
expertise of persons with a migrant
background arriving in Saxony are
recorded, recognised and validated
at an early stage.
• Supporting young persons with a
migrant background without a vo-
cational qualification in obtaining
suitable qualifications for a voca-
tional qualification.

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Practice Example: Labour Market Mentors for Refugees
This model program by the Saxon Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour
and Transport is designed to enable refugees as fast as possible and
sustainably to enter the labour market or a vocational training program.
Mentors accompany the refugees throughout all stages of integration.
Moreover, they also advise companies and training providers to ensure
a smooth transition to, and integration in, daily work and routines. Cur-
rently 14 projects are being subsidised each numbering between two and
six mentors. In every administrative district and every independent town,
a project is currently running.
Practice Example: BABS Advisory Centre for Foreign Employees
in Saxony
The BABS Advisory Centre aims to ensure legal work under fair conditions
and equal treatment for all employees in Saxony. The centre is open to
all persons from within the European Union who are currently employed
in Saxony or seeking employment. Consultation is provided in English,
German, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian and Slovak.
Practice Example: “AKZESS” Process
The German acronym “AKZESS” stands for Steering Skilled Migration
Effectively. Since 2011, the Foreigners’ Registration Office (“Auslän-
derbehörde”), through its branches in Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig and
the district of Central Saxony (“Mittelsachsen”), has been providing
an accelerated “one-stop shop” approval process for work and ed-
ucational migrants and their families. Usually a residence permit is
granted within four weeks and thus quick access to the labour market
is ensured. Moreover, supplementary information about legal affairs
and other matters is provided though a bilingual portal which can be
accessed at
www.zuwanderung.sachsen.de.
The portal also contains
downloadable files and an interactive program.
Practice Example: Joint Stand “Welcome to Saxony – Migration and
the Labour Market” at the Annual “Career Start” Trade Fair
The stand is a first point of contact for interested parties and provides
expert consultation on such topics as residence permits, language acqui-
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Practice Example: Securing Skilled Labour for “Green” Professions
Two landscape conservation associations, namely the Landscape Con-
servation Agency of Western Saxony (“Landschaftspflegeverband West-
sachsen e.V.”) and Zittau Mountains and Forelands (“Zittauer Gebirge
und Vorland e.V.”), are offering migrants with a residence permit (or the
prospect of a residence permit) internships to help prepare them for a
possible career as a gardener, farmer, animal farmer or groom. In every
project, there is a mentor that consults and assists the participants as
well as the participating enterprises. These internships enable partici-
pants to get to know the rural areas better, to build networks with the
local population and to experience the work and the associated processes
and routines. Ultimately this project can help attain qualified workers for
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HOUSING AND LIVING ENVIRONMENTS
Persons with a migrant background are encouraged to fully partake in the
housing market in accordance with their financial means. They are reliant on
good neighbourliness and a congenial understanding with nearby residents
regardless of whether their stay is short- or long-term. Socially balanced
residence structures are desired. A segregation of persons with a migrant
background in separate residential areas, and the corresponding isolation
and social exclusion, is to be avoided.
Goals:
• Ensuring equal access to the hous-
ing market and to support local
government in attaining this.
• Working toward socially-equi-
table and ethnically-balanced
well-managed residential areas.
• Establishing good conditions for
the centralised and decentralised
accommodation of refugees.
Sample Measures:
• To provide persons with a migrant
background with low-threshold,
informal access to educational, so-
cial integration and employability
measures subsidised by the Euro-
pean Social Fund (“ESF”) through the
“Sustainable Social Development”
program in Saxony.
• To continue providing state fund-
ing for the social housing policy of
select local authorities to ensure
affordable and liveable housing for
low-income households.
• To expand the role of neighbourhood
management, which is currently re-
sponsible for federal and state pro-
grams for urban development, to in-
corporate integration management.
• To mitigate and prevent discrimina-
tory access (e.g. through increased
collaboration between local author-
ities and housing associations, as
well as through the deployment of
Local Integration Coordinators [KIK]
and other model projects).
• To create attractive offerings (incor-
porating work, language and hous-
ing) for refugees in rural areas with
local authorities, e.g. on the basis of
“LEADER” development strategies.
Accommodation of Refugees
Goals:
• To provide initial reception centres
tailored to demand.
• To implement and evaluate the
concept of protection against vi-
olence in initial reception centres.
• To ensure that unaccompanied mi-
nors are equally distributed across
all local authorities.

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Practice Example: Good Neighbourliness and Coexistence
Through the investment pact “Social Investment in the Neighbour-
hood” intercultural meeting venues have been subsidised e.g. in
Zwickau (“Integrationszentrum”) and Dresden (“Villa Kulturwerk”).
They provide a forum for intercultural exchanges and meetings.
Practice Example: Making Rural Areas More Attractive for Refugees
The restoration of residential buildings in which apartments are primar-
ily assigned to refugees, if required, is subsidised at an increased rate
through programs for urban development.
Practice Example: Condition of Fixed Abode
On 1. April, 2018, the state government of Saxony introduced the con-
dition of fixed abode for recognised refugees. The purpose of this policy
is to ensure a fairly-evenly distribution of refugees throughout all areas
of Saxony. Without this policy there would be a great influx into the
urban centres, predominantly Dresden and Leipzig. This could lead to a
collapse of language provision in the rural areas while language courses
in the urban areas would be filled beyond capacity. Moreover, local infra-
structure such as schools and nurseries could be stretched to their limits.
Thus integration entails government support but also necessitates and
requires individual contributions. Insofar the condition of fixed abode is
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HEALTH AND CARE
Equal participation in the provision of health care services is to be ensured
through legal means. Increasing cultural diversity also requires intercultural
sensitisation by health care providers.
Goals:
• To attain a high-quality, cultural-
ly-sensitised, provision of health care.
To support the collaboration of all rel-
evant actors in the health care sector.
Sample Measures (Selection):
• To ensure that medical personnel
are interculturally sensitised (in
particular with regard to traumatic
effects) and that this forms part of
the study guidelines and regula-
tions in the State of Saxony.
• To recruit personnel with a migrant
background for professions in health
and care.
• To provide specific target groups
with information and advisory ser-
vices about the German health care
system, health education and preven-
tion, as well as to support preventa-
tive health care and wellness-en-
hancing measures.
• To continue with sexual education
programs for young refugees by
training and qualifying professionals
working in youth services.
• To promote mental health and
well-being by encouraging communi-
cation and cooperation by all relevant
institutions.
Practice Example: Ambulatory Care Clinics for Refugees
During processing of their application, refugees are entitled to medical
care and treatment. Usually this is performed by resident medical doctors.
In addition, ambulatory care clinics have been established in Dresden and
Chemnitz for refugees. Patients with a treatment certificate receive the
pain-relief and acute medical treatment to which they are entitled in
these facilities. Interpreters are present during the treatment.
Practice Example: Psychosocial Counselling Centres for Refugees
and Migrants
Since 2015, the department of the State Minister for Equal Opportunities
and Integration is supporting the creation of a state-wide service to
counsel traumatised refugees.
Currently there are three psychosocial centres (“PSZ”) providing such
services in Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz. The project partners, Mosaik
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GENDER EQUALITY
Attaining gender equality calls for particular awareness, sensitisation and coun-
selling work for both genders given differing gender roles and legal systems in
other cultures. Initiatives to democratise gender roles in the area of migration
have to take account of this and should not be virtually exclusively targeted
at women, as is the case today. Men also have to be included. The differing
conceptions of manhood and paternity as well as particular male responses to
exclusion and discrimination have to be addressed and dealt with by the relevant
providers of support for refugees and the youth welfare.
Goals:
• To raise awareness for the issue of
gender equality and to sensitise per-
sons, taking account of differing cul-
tural perceptions and gender roles.
• To provide a broad-based preven-
tive offering to further gender
equality and the right of self-deter-
mination for women, in particular
for persons with a migrant back-
ground from non-Western cultures.
• To further the gender-specific in-
tegration of refugees in addition to
the obligatory orientation courses
and to support local government
in providing low-threshold offers
for young girls and women with a
migrant background.
• To promote a gender-sensitive ap-
proach of state and non-state ac-
tors, in particular in the counselling
of women with a migrant back-
ground and the provision of suita-
ble offers for women (this includes
the supply of protected spaces for
women and the creation of individ-
ual offers for women by women).
• To increase sensitisation and
awareness of the living condi-
tions of women and mothers from
non-Western cultural backgrounds
so that they can make use of offers
such as day care centres for their
children and other measures that
may be relevant to them.
(Chemnitz), provide individual and group consultation for psycholog-
ically-burdened refugees and persons with a migrant background.
Moreover, intercultural and interpersonal training is also offered to
relevant personnel in the standard system to enable them to cater to
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Practice Example: Empowerment of Women with a migrant
background
Women with a migrant background are the motor of integration. Targeted
offers to strengthen and further educate women are thus of great social
significance. In the year 2017, 13 projects were supported by the funding
guideline for equal opportunities. This included the “Intercultural Meeting
of Girls” (MiO) by Frauenkultur e.V. in Leipzig, “Women help Women” by
Bündnis Buntes Meissen e.V., as well as “Arriving – Helping Women with
a migrant background Work” by Frauenförderwerk Dresden e.V. – Helping
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PROTECTION AGAINST VIOLENCE
Gender-specific role models often prevent women from accessing outside
help when confronted with domestic violence.
Goals:
To enable persons with a migrant back-
ground to attain unrestricted access to
all help offerings. As another vulner-
able group, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LBGT) individuals with a
migrant background, also are entitled
to special protection and counselling
when confronted with domestic, sex-
ual or hate crimes.
Sample Measures (Selection)
• Protecting women (and, if required,
men) and their children from do-
mestic or sexual violence.
• Subsidising a Women’s Refuge for
women that have fled from domes-
tic violence. The institution is run
by Frauen für Frauen e.V. and sup-
ported by the funding guideline for
equal opportunities.
• Creating a concept for the preven-
tion of violence in 2016 to be im-
plemented in all initial registration
facilities. The concept can also serve
as a blueprint for local administration
elsewhere when refugees are accom-
modated in shared living areas.
Helping
and
counselling
LBGT
individuals.
Practice Example: Women’s Refuge for Refugees
The first women’s refuge for refugees was opened in Leipzig in 2016. It is
open to women and their children. In the course of this pilot project, women
that are accommodated here temporarily, are stabilised and strengthened.
Through measures improving their language, cultural and legal competen-
cies their life skills have been expanded.
Practice Example: Violence Prevention Concept for Initial Registra-
tion Facilities
Violence often was a fact of life for refugees in their country of origin and
in the process of fleeing. Upon their arrival in Germany where they presume
themselves to be safe, they may still be confronted with domestic or sexual
violence by their partners, fellow residents or personnel. Moreover, the
cohabitation of persons from different ethnic and national backgrounds
within the confined space of a refugee centre contains the potential for
conflict. To mitigate against this and to prevent violence, a security concept
has been developed. This concept includes standards of behaviour to deal
with victims as well as specific requirements to prevent violence.

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ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Discrimination is a significant barrier to effective integration. Anti-discrim-
ination policy serves to protect and strengthen the affected individuals and
helps them attain legal recourse.
Goals:
Persons with a migrant background,
in particular refugees, are a key tar-
get group of the “Strategy for the
Prevention of Discrimination and Pro-
motion of Diversity in the State of
Saxony.” It also takes action against
multiple discriminations. The ac-
tion plan that has been developed
for the Promotion of Diversity takes
particular account of persons with a
migrant background as well as LBGT
individuals.
Sample Measures (Selection):
• „Implementing the “Strategy for the
Prevention of Discrimination and
Promotion of Diversity in the State
of Saxony.”
• Realising the model project of pro-
viding state-wide anti-discrimination
counselling in Saxony by the year
2020 (for example through the inter-
linking of anti-discrimination coun-
selling with counselling for migrants).
• Implementing the “State Action Plan
for the Diversity of Lifestyle Choices.”
Practice Example: Model Project in Anti-Discrimination Counselling
Up to now, there only was one municipal anti-discrimination counselling
service in Saxony. This office in Leipzig was staffed by a part-timer. To
provide this service on a much larger-scale in the state of Saxony, this
office is now being expanded while new offices are also being created
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INTERCULTURAL OPENING –
CHARTER OF DIVERSITY
The recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in organisations furthers
an environment free of prejudice. All employees should be appreciated regardless
of their gender, origin or nationality, religion, worldview, disabilities, age, sexual
orientation and identity. This is the basic premise of the “Charter of Diversity.”
An important element of this is intercultural opening. This is envisaged as a de-
velopment process within organisations to reduce and overcome the barriers and
obstacles that persons with a migrant background may experience so that they
can fully participate in social, legal, health-related and economic aspects of life.
Goals:
• To increase the share of persons with
a migrant background in civil service
so as to reflect the broader diver-
sity of society and to strengthen
the trust of persons with a migrant
background in such institutions.
• To advance foreign language skills
and intercultural competence
through training and further educa-
tion programs. Multilingualism and
intercultural competence are rec-
ognised as an important additional
qualification.To embed intercultural
competence as a quality criteria in
public administration.
• To sensitise and support public and
private institutions in the process
of opening.
Sample Measures (Selection):
• Recruiting persons with a migrant
background for work in the public
sector.
• Signing of the “Charter of Diversity”
by the Saxon state government.
• Promoting a respectful, open and
appreciative approach by public
servants through leadership, the
development of corresponding mis-
sion statements and guidelines, as
well as through its incorporation
in reporting.
• Enabling organisational develop-
ment by implementing diversity
management.
• Embedding intercultural sensitisa-
tion in all programs of study for
public administration and provid-
ing training to all employees in the
public sector and increasing par-
ticipation.
• Improving the communicative
competence and reach of public
administration by deploying staff
with the relevant language skills as
well as through the additional use
of language mediation when pro-
viding services with an increased
contact with persons with a mi-
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Practice Example: The Department of the Saxon State Minister for
Equal Opportunities and Integration
The Department of the State Minister for Equal Opportunities and In-
tegration specifically directs job advertisements at persons with a mi-
grant background Consultations has also taken place with associations
representing migrants and their interests, e.g. the Ninth Meeting of the
Dialogue Conference Integration (“Verbändegespräch”) in June 2018.
Local Integration Coordinators (“KIK”) have been appointed and they
support the intercultural opening of municipalities. It also is planned to
establish an interdepartmental working group dealing with with inter-
cultural opening of public administration.” Moreover, the intercultural
opening of institutions is subsidised by a particular state program termed
funding guideline Integrative Measures Part I.
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SOCIAL COHESION
Social cohesion deals with the quality and extent of solidarity within society.
Social processes continually challenge social togetherness. These challenges
include demographic change, social injustice, increased individualisation and
the pluralisation of individual lives, as well as an overall increase in cultural
diversity through migration.
Thus it is a goal of Saxon policy to foster the social togetherness of all persons
residing in Saxony regardless of their origin and to strengthen their identifi-
cation with the community and its institutions. All persons are encouraged to
proactively participate in their local community - whether they are resident in
an urban area or in the countryside - and to actively contribute toward a good
quality of life for all people residing here. The Free State of Saxony shall be a
good home for everyone.
Goals:
• To strengthen public satisfaction
with democracy and to encourage
political participation.
• To encourage mutual respect and
acceptance of cultural diversity.
To
ensure
public
safet
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and
to
prevent of extremism.
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Practice Example: Democracy-Building in Day Care Centers
In the “Welcome” Day Care Centres run by the German Child and
Youth Foundation, supported by experts the staff build local support
networks. This promotes individual integration and helps overcome
prejudices. Thus the centres become intercultural venues in which
children from refugee families are welcome and feel at home. The cen-
tres are financed by the state program “Open-Minded Saxony” (WOS).
Practice Example: Democracy-Building in Saxon Switzerland
In the district of Saxon Switzerland - East Ore Mountains, a local project
coordinator, Zivilcourage e.V. is running a program entitled “Strengthen-
ing Democracy and Civic Courage as well as Understanding Right-Wing
Extremism.” The project aims to encourage civic participation for a
sustainable development of democratic culture while at the same time
mitigating against the spread of right-wing extremism.
Practice Example: Promoting Democracy at Schools
Strengthening the democratic values of young people is one of the
goals of the Courage Werkstatt für demokratische Bildungsarbeit
e.V. The project aims to impart knowledge of the phenomena of
group-human hostility. In the course of the project, participants
learn to develop empathy for victims of group stereotyping, to
Strengthening Public Satisfaction
with Democracy and Encouraging
Participation
Democracy necessitates consent and
requires participation. In a democratic
order, everyone is called upon to con-
tribute toward the democratic pro-
cesses and the common good.
A better understanding of democracy
and individual opportunities to partici-
pate in democratic processes is of vital
significance because a broad-based
participation of everyone in planning
and decision-making processes cre-
ates trust and a feeling of together-
ness. Therefore this includes – with the
participation of all social actors – the
development of diverse approaches
for popular participation and inclu-
sion in the democratic process for the
Free State of Saxony. A constructive
approach to conflict, coupled with a
respect of differences of opinion, is es-
sential to attaining the consent and
participation of everyone. To achieve
this, it is paramount to:
• Strengthen civic courage as well as
democratic awareness and culture.
• Encourage a constructive resolu-
tion of conflicts and participation
in democratic processes.
• Promote political participation.
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question their own prejudices and those of others, and to critically
participate in social discourses while guarding against social exclu-
sion, racism and discrimination.
Practice Example: Dialogue at Schools (S!D)
The Saxon State Institute for Political Education advises schools in de-
veloping various programs for political education and a constructive
dialogue. In collaboration with third parties they also organise events
on current and controversial topics and supports offers to strengthen
school actors.
Practice Example: Appreciating Volunteerism for Refugees
It is desired to recognise the enormous voluntary engagement for refu-
gees that arose in 2015 and to publicly promote this. To this end, the In-
tegration Prize has been sponsored by the Department of the Saxon State
Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration and the Saxon State
Commissioner for Foreigner Affairs. The Marwa-el-Sherbini stipend has
also been established to promote talented young people that are working
toward effective integration in the Free State of Saxony. Since the year
2016, the Saxon Citizen Prize has also introduced a special category
entitled “Engagement in the Work of Refugees” to honour individuals
and organisations that have distinguished themselves in their voluntary
efforts. Moreover, the Saxon Commissioner for Foreign Nationals and
the German Society for the Protection of Children of Saxony e.V. have
introduced the Sterntaler Prize to recognise and award the special com-
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Encouraging Mutual Respect and
Acceptance of Cultural Diversity
The Basic Law and the Constitution
of the Free State of Saxony protect
the dignity of each and every in-
dividual. Everyone is accorded this
right and is fundamentally protected
against discrimination on the basis
of e.g. their gender, origin, ethnic
background, religious and/or polit-
ical beliefs. This is the basis for a
peaceful and respectful coexistence
of everybody in Saxony.
Mutual respect also is the foundation for
a successful integration. Tolerance and
openness cannot be ordered “top-down”
by the state government. Nonetheless,
mutual respect is the glue that holds our
community together. It has to be prac-
tised bottom-up. It is required of anyone
and should be promoted by everyone.
In the sphere of culture there are
many projects that encourage cul-
tural dialogue and promote mutual
understanding and respect. The cul-
tural promotion of the Free State of
Saxony and state cultural institutions
are also working toward this goal and
are supporting this dialogue. These
goals can be achieved by:
• Providing guidance for everyday sit-
uations for persons with a migrant
background.
• Promoting intercultural encounters,
dialogue, and mutual understanding.
• Strengthening the acceptance of
persons with a migrant background
by providing factual information to
support this.
Practice Example: Initial Orientation for Refugees and Social Support
In 2015 the first orientation courses were introduced in a pilot project.
They provide a mix of language training and intercultural sensitisation
and are sponsored by the Free State of Saxony. They are now being offered
as a standard offer. To date more than 8.000 persons have participated
in these courses.
By supporting qualified socio-pedagogical support for refugees, the
Department of the State Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration
is opening further doors.
Practice Example: Local Integration Coordinators
This institution has been created to support local municipalities in coordi-
nating and steering their integration efforts and is being subsidised by the
Department of the State Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration
since 2015. From 2018, independent towns can now also make use of this
offer. Since 2017 the Department of the State Minister for Equal Oppor-
tunities and Integration has been providing training in all administrative
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Practice Example: Consumer Protection for Everyone
Some people with a migrant background who live in Saxony for a short time,
especially refugees, have a limited budget at their disposal and may struggle
to live within their means. To help them manage their finances sustainably,
consultation and training is now also provided to them and multipliers. This
is subsidised by the state program entitled “Integrative Measures.”
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Public
Safety
and
Prevention of Extremism
Public safety has to be ensured
at all times. Crime has to be pre-
vented and extremism kept in check.
There can’t be any parallel socie-
ties in this country. Education and
prevention are necessary to guard
against this happening. If required,
the state also has to intervene. Ex-
tremism in all its forms, regardless
of whether it originates from the
right or left of the political spec-
trum, or is religiously-inspired, has
to be countered and suppressed with
all means at the disposal of the state
of law. Prevention plays a significant
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This includes:
• Applying safety-relevant meas-
ures if required.
• Ensuring the safety of persons
with a migrant background.
• Preventing extremism through
education and other programs.
Practice Example: Creation of a State Security Agency to Counter
Terrorism and Extremism
The discovery of a series of murders by a far-right German terrorist group
(“National Socialist Underground”) in November 2011 lead to a reorgan-
isation of the police, Office for the Protection of the Constitution of the
Free State of Saxony and judiciary. To prevent politically motivated crime
(“PMK”) more efficiently, particularly right-wing extremism, collabora-
tion between the different agencies has been increased and a series of
administrative measures were taken. Meanwhile the security situation
has become more complex due to dynamically-growing Islamic terrorism,
increasing Xenophobia among the extreme right-wing and a greater pre-
disposition toward violence in parts of the extreme left-wing. Moreover,
there is the danger of mutual interaction between these phenomenon.
Thus the State Protection of the Saxon Police has been strengthened
and reorganised. At the core of this is the establishment of a State
Police Agency to Counter Terrorism and Extremism (PTAZ) in the State
Police Office of Criminal Investigations (LKA). This is not just a structural
change but it also represents a big investment by the state. It is planned
to increase staff levels by 60 persons to a total of 400 persons by 2020.
Practice Example: The Creation of KORA by the State of Saxony
KORA is the Coordinating and Consulting Office for Radicalisation
Prevention. It was established in March 2017. Its primary goal is to
prevent Islamic Extremism and to promote democratic values. It
aims to improve the quality of life of those potentially affected. At
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the free democratic basic order again. The work of KORA is founded
on five pillars: Dialogue with Muslim organisations, education and
training, consultation for relatives and affected individuals as well
as de-radicalisation counselling and exit consultation.
Practice Example: MITA Concept for Repeat Offenders
To effectively deal with repeat offenders among asylum applicants, the
police and state prosecution introduced the MITA concept in 2014. This
concept is targeted at serial offenders that are accused of committing
more than five crimes per year (absolute application offences and of-
fences according to 265a StGB are not taken into account) as well as
repeat offenders that are accused of committing the same crime more
than once within a given year. All ongoing investigations are bundled
with a view toward expediting legal processes. Moreover, collaboration
between the police, state prosecution and the foreigner office, has been
intensified to enable the swift deportation of such individuals. In the year
2017, 42 such individuals were deported.

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OUTLOOK
Dear readers:
We are in a process of societal change that will take time but needs to
be actively shaped. A proactive immigration and integration policy with
strategic integration management is an investment in the future of the
Free State of Saxony.
Let me be clear: Many persons with a migrant background are motivated
and are contributing toward the common good – day by day. Many new
arrivals want to build a new life here. This applies, in particular, to refu-
gees. Their integration is a task that requires commitment and patience.
But this investment can pay off in the medium- to long-term when they
enter the labour market. Our model project enabling young refugees to
catch-up on school education will play an important role in this.
I am convinced that every investment in integration also is an investment
in prosperity, safety and cohesion in our society. Integration costs money
but a lack of integration will cost even more money. Because the integra-
tion of individuals impacts the whole society. It concerns all of us. Let us
begin working on this together. You can contribute locally.
Petra Köpping
State Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration

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Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Soziales und Verbraucherschutz
Geschäftsbereich Gleichstellung und Integration
Albertstraße 10
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Herausgeber:
Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Soziales und Verbraucherschutz
Geschäftsbereich Gleichstellung und Integration
Albertstraße 10
01097 Dresden
pressegi@sms.sachsen.de
www.smgi.sms.sachsen.de
Redaktion:
Pressestelle Geschäftsbereich Gleichstellung und Integration
Gestaltung und Satz:
Z & Z Agentur Dresden
Druck:
Stoba-Druck GmbH
Redaktionsschluss:
02. Mai 2018
Bezug:
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