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”.

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