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Integration course figures

The business statistics on the integration course provide comprehensive figures on developments in attendance at the central language integration courses that have been provided by the Federation since 2005. This report covers the first to third quarters of 2015.

Large numbers of new attendees, in particular persons entitled to protection within the asylum proceedings

The number of participation entitlements that have been issued continues to grow, with a total of 196,925 such entitlements. This corresponded to an increase by 29 percent vis-à-vis the comparison period of the previous year.

The number of entitlements issued to new immigrants by the immigration authorities has once more increased markedly. With a total figure of 83,423 entitlements, these continue at a very high level. In comparison to the corresponding period in 2014, this constitutes an increase of roughly 65.5 percent, the increase even exceeding 70 percent among individuals who are obliged to attend by the immigration authorities. The total number of new immigrants in 2014 who are entitled to attend by virtue of an order from the immigration authorities had already been exceeded by more than 17 percent by 30 September 2015.

The total number of new course participants increased by roughly 23 percent vis-à-vis the corresponding period of the previous year, reaching 129,985 individuals. The rapid increase in the number of new immigrants who were issued with entitlements by the immigration authorities is also highly pronounced among new attendees. The total number of these individuals is 49,536, and thus approx. 52 percent higher in comparison to the first nine months of 2014. The number of individuals placed under an obligation by the immigration authorities in fact increased by approx. 56 percent vis-à-vis the corresponding period of the previous year. Here too, the totals from 2014 had already been reached in the first nine months of 2015, and had therefore also been exceeded by roughly 12 percent.

Syriaremains the most common country of origin – Iraqis among the ten most common countries of origin for the first time

Syrians make up 18.3 percent of all attendees, and thus far outnumber Polish nationals, who are in second place and account for a share of 9.1 percent. Course attendees from Iraq are also among the ten most common nationalities for the first time. They account for a share of 2.1 percent.

Integration course remains attractive for EU citizens

The total number of entitlements issued by the Federal Office, at 93,287, is also at a continuously high level. This constitutes an increase by roughly 11.8 percent when compared with the comparison period of the previous year. With regard to new participants, the increase is roughly 11 percent, at 65,697 attendees.

Expansion of the integration course system in evidence

With a total number of 8,690 courses commenced, all in all 1,154 (+ 15.3 %) more courses were started in the period from 1 January to 30 September 2015 than had been the case in the comparison period of the previous year, thus constituting more courses than ever before. The number of organisations was increased by 4.4 percent in comparison to the same period of the previous year (totalling 1,393).

Growth in literacy courses

With a share of more than 78 percent, the general integration course remains the type of course attended most frequently by new course attendees. A visible increase can be observed in the number of literacy courses, from 9.2 percent (2014) to 11.8 percent.

Share of persons entitled to protection leads to a further increase in the share of men in the integration courses

Whilst the share of men was still 43.4 percent in 2014, this share rose to 48.9 percent in the period from 1 January to 30 September 2015.

Date 4 March 2016

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