A protester held a placard reading "Merkel-Kaput" outside the parliament.

Migrants must learn German or lose benefits under new integration laws

Asylum-seekers in Germany will have to learn German and attempt to find work or face losing access to benefits, under a package of new laws agreed on Thursday by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.

Germany is facing a massive integration challenge after more than 1.1 million asylum-seekers arrived under Mrs Merkel’s “open-door” refugee policy.

While many will eventually have their asylum claims rejected, hundreds of thousands are expected to be allowed to remain. Mrs Merkel described the new laws as “an opportunity for all, but also a duty for all”.

This is madness.

  • k1962

    How about doing away with the benefits packages? They’ll then leave.

  • john700

    How do you say “Allahu Akhbar” in German?

    • Blind Druid

      Heil Hitler

      • BillyHW

        Wins internet for the day.

  • canminuteman

    You don’t want them to integrate, you want them to go back to their own homes.

  • Alain

    Well they would all be welcome now in Canada with short-pants in charge, who figures there should be no language requirement for immigrants or even citizens. However when it comes to these Muslims, learning or knowing the language of their host country does not ensure integration. There is no shortage of examples of that.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Gee, too easy. Crime, rape. No problem.
    Reminds me of the scene fro “Mars Attack” when the aliens are chasing and shooting people while Ack Acking into the translator.

  • BillyHW

    How ’bout migrants must *be* German or lose benefits. There. Fixed.