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List of FAQs for the area Combined projects

If someone has not attended the integration course, how are the required language skills at B1 level tested? And is it necessary to pass an integration course as an entry requirement for other courses?

In principle, participants in the measures should have previously attended an integration course in accordance with §9, section 4 of the BVFG. This is not necessary, however, if the ethnic German repatriates can prove by means of a language certificate, a German school-leaving qualification that they have acquired elsewhere, or by undergoing a substantial test conversation that they have the required level of language.
Because of the complexity of the subjects discussed, knowledge of the German language at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a prerequisite for participating in the measure.

May foreigners also attend the supplementary measure for ethnic German repatriates?

No, the measure is based on a condition in the Federal Expellees Act (BVFG). Foreigners are therefore not permitted to attend. It is also not sensible for other immigrants to attend as the design of the measure is tailored specifically to ethnic German repatriates.

Is it necessary to have successfully completed an integration course to be eligible to participate in the supplementary measure for ethnic German repatriates? If someone has not attended the integration course, how are the required language skills at B1 level tested?

In principle, participants in the measures should have previously attended an integration course in accordance with §9, section 4 of the BVFG. This is not necessary if they can prove by means of a language certificate, a German school-leaving qualification that they have acquired elsewhere, or by undergoing a substantial test conversation that they have the required level of language. Because of the complexity of the subjects discussed, knowledge of the German language at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a prerequisite for participating in the measure.

What do combined projects include in their content?

Above all, the focus is on language support and integration into the workplace as these areas are particularly important in the initial stages of integration.

How are combined projects financed?

Combined projects are financed by combining different funding areas from the Federal Government, Länder, local authorities, the public employment service and the European Social Fund. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees finances the integration course. There are no further budgets available to the Federal Office for supplementary measures with the exception of courses for women and supplementary measures for ethnic German repatriates in accordance with § 9, section 4 of the Federal Refugees Act (BVFG). In the area of the combined projects, therefore, the Federal Office’s role is more of an initiating and co-ordinating one.

May family members of ethnic German repatriates (§§7 and 8 of the BVFG) take part in the supplementary measure for ethnic German repatriates (“Integration and Identity” in accordance with §9, section 4 of the BVFG)?

Yes, as family members of ethnic German repatriates have the same integration needs, the measures are also suitable for them.

In what way do combined projects differ from other follow-on measures/projects?

Combined projects are designed to be tailored to the integration course and systematically build up on the objectives and content of these courses. This is how they guarantee integration support which is needs oriented and which leads to a common aim. Above all, combined projects include subjects in the areas of language support and integration into the workplace. In this respect, the Federal Office has responsibility for the implementation of the integration course only. The supplementary measures will be offered with few exceptions by Länder, local authorities or the public employment service.
This is not the case for community focussed projects. Their support is incumbent upon the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The community focussed projects are offered independently of the integration courses. Their aim is to support the integration of immigrants at a local level and more widely. Therefore, above all, the Federal Office supports measures which underpin social co-operation locally.

How are combined projects initiated?

At the core of the combined project system is the intention to combine the integration course with other integration initiatives in a meaningful way. The objective is to have a complete plan which is comprehensive and needs oriented. To achieve this goal, everyone involved needs to work closely together. Therefore community networks are to be used and regional working groups are to be set up.

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