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Integration councils and advisory councils

There are councils or advisory councils for integration in almost all municipalities to represent the political interests of migrants. In some municipalities they are also known as Ausländer(bei)rat (councils or advisory councils for foreign nationals) or Migrations(bei)rat (migration councils or advisory councils). They advise the municipal and/or city council in all matters related to migrants and integration. They are entitled to file motions and to speak in many municipalities.

Moreover, they also help migrants themselves when it comes to all important topics, such as when it comes to social, cultural and asylum-law issues.

The integration councils and integration advisory councils are elected by all the migrants in a municipality as a rule.

Representing the interests of immigrants at Land and Federal level

The advisory councils for integration and foreign nationals have formed joint working parties in many Federal Länder. These represent immigrants’ interests in politics at Land level. At Federal level, there is also the Bundeszuwanderungs- und integrationsrat (Federal Immigration and Integration Council) representing migrants.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the office of the integration council or advisory council,
  • the local authority administration/local authority intercultural office,
  • migrants' organisations
  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants.

Date 17 December 2015

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