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Ministry of Integration launches creative and writing competition for teenagers and young adults
The participants can creatively implement their view of a successful coexistence in the diverse society of the country. Texts, audio clips or short films can be submitted that give an insight into the views, values, visions and personal experiences of adolescents and young adults. Cash prizes totaling 3,000 euros will be awarded to the best entries. The deadline for entries is July 28, 2021.

Annual report 2020 of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

In its annual report, the anti-discrimination agency reports 78 percent more requests for advice. More than ever before. She sees the pandemic as a major driver of discrimination and exclusion. Above all, the calls for help because of discrimination "on the basis of ethnic origin or for racist reasons" have increased enormously.

Life situations of older refugees in Germany

How do older refugees live in Germany and what about their integration? A new study by the Research Center of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has examined this question. Around 70 percent of first-time asylum seekers are younger than 30 years, only twelve percent are 45 years or older. There are clear differences between younger and older refugees in terms of integration into the labor market, language skills and social integration.

State government supports migrant self-organizations with 4.4 million euros

The integration of people with a history of immigration is an important goal of the state government. Of central importance are the migrant self-organizations (MSO) in North Rhine-Westphalia, in which both new immigrants and people with a history of immigration who have lived here for a long time come together to represent their interests. The state government is funding the MSO with 4.4 million euros over the next two years, thereby strengthening cohesion in our diverse society.

Annual report 2021

Normal case diversity? Like Germany, a country of immigration, with diversitybypasses
Social life in Germany has become more diverse. However, politics and the public service are not making any headway. The Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) gives politics, administration and publicly funded culture a very mixed testimony. The public service is clearly lagging behind the private sector. In his new annual report, he sees a need for improvement in the integration policy in Germany.

"You make the difference"

The state government wants to attract people with a history of immigration to the public service
Around a third of the people in North Rhine-Westphalia have a history of immigration. This diversity should also be made clear in the public service. With the “You make the difference” advertising campaign that has now been launched, the state government wants to attract people with a history of immigration to training or public service.
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Study: Muslim Life in Germany

In 2020 around five million Muslims lived in Germany. Almost a million more than five years ago. Origin and religiosity have become significantly more diverse. This is the result of the current study “Muslim Life in Germany 2020” by the Research Center of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on behalf of the German Islam Conference. The aim of the study is to provide up-to-date and meaningful basic information about Muslims living in Germany.

Consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on migration and integration

Restrictions of the corona pandemic put migration and integration in Germany at massive risk
What are the consequences of the pandemic on migration and integration? How is Corona currently affecting the integration of immigrants in the areas of health, living, education and work? What do we know about the effects on discrimination and racism? The study by the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, funded by Stiftung Mercator, looked into these questions.

Study: Integration of people of Turkish origin in North Rhine-Westphalia greatly improved

Center for Turkish Studies and Integration Research sees positive development / advocating against discrimination remains an important task at the same time
The integration of around 950,000 people of Turkish origin in North Rhine-Westphalia has improved considerably over the past 20 years. This is the result of a current study by the Center for Turkish Studies and Integration Research (ZfTI) on behalf of the Ministry of Integration.

Multiplier training in integration work

Civic engagement plays an important role in the integration process. In order for people with and without a migration background to be able to volunteer, appropriate offers for qualification and further training are required. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is therefore funding - again in 2021 - one-day or multi-day multiplier training courses. Funding is generally aimed at all associations and organizations involved in integration work in which volunteers are active. Applications can be submitted to the BAMF up to and including June 30th, 2021.

Curriculum Study Migration and Integration

Curricula do not adequately reflect the diversity of society in Germany. This is the result of the new study by the Mercator Forum Migration and Democracy, which was commissioned by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. Central stages in recent German migration history, such as guest worker recruitment, are rarely mentioned in school books. In contrast, migration phenomena are often linked to critical developments such as flight and displacement. This means that the presentation of migration and integration in the curriculum is not characterized by social normality.

Call for tenders TalentAward Ruhr 2021 - special price

Every year, the TalentAward Ruhr honors people who are in the front row every day and strive for education and the next generation and would hardly be possible without the educational advancement. The TalentAward Ruhr 2021 - Special Prize is therefore intended to honor outstanding ideas, innovative action and motivated commitment in promoting talent during the Covid 19 pandemic. The award is endowed with 5,000 euros and can be used on a project basis.

North Rhine-Westphalia is investing three million euros in nationwide anti-discrimination advice

Discrimination and group-related enmity have no place in North Rhine-Westphalia. The state government is committed to social diversity and a cosmopolitan country. Important partners in this are the service centers for anti-discrimination work, which offer specific help for those affected. The Ministry of Integration is investing three million euros in the expansion of the facilities, thereby creating a further 29 advice centers in the state. With a total of 42 service points, North Rhine-Westphalia will in future have the nationwide largest advisory structure in anti-discrimination work.
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International Weeks Against Racism 2021

The International Weeks Against Racism are action weeks of solidarity with the opponents and victims of racism, which take place every year around March 21st, the International Day Against Racism. The Foundation for the International Weeks Against Racism plans and coordinates the annual UN Weeks Against Racism in Germany and promotes model projects to overcome racism and the exclusion of minorities. You will find this year under the motto “Solidarity. Limitless. "Will take place from March 15-28, 2021.


“Growing together - living together. From the first orientation to integration in the Borken district "

Under the motto “Growing together. Living together. With us in the Borken district. From the first orientation to the actual integration ”, the intercultural network Westmünsterland has started a media project. This resulted in an approximately half-hour film that shows numerous and varied contributions to integration from the perspective of various stakeholders in the Borken district and its 17 municipalities.

State government is funding municipal integration management with 50 million euros in 2021

The integration of people with a history of immigration is a central concern of the state government. The municipalities are an important partner in this. A key success factor for successful integration work on site is the networking of various offices and actors in order to support people in a targeted manner with integration.
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New "Journal for Migration Research" published

Status, challenges and perspectives of migration research
The Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück published the first issue of its new "Journal for Migration Research" this week. Among other things, the sociologist Thomas Faist deals with the question of how global social inequality affects migration movements. The magazine is to appear twice a year in the future. All contributions are accessible online free of charge.

State government supports small and medium-sized companies in setting up diversity management

Network agency UNTERNEHMEN DIVERSITY starts with free advisory services
With the newly founded network unit UNTERNEHMEN VARIETY, small and medium-sized companies are to be supported in diversity management. The network office's work initially focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer employees.
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Report of the Expert Commission for Integration Skills published

Under the title "Shaping the immigration society together", the report by the Expert Commission for Integration Skills, commissioned by the Federal Government, deals with the dynamics of migration in Germany since the Second World War and the resulting areas of conflict and action. The report proposes a new, comprehensive understanding of integration. 25 experts from science, administration and local politics worked on it.

Cultural diversity and equal opportunities in the federal administration

The new study on diversity in the federal administration shows that the representation of people with a migration background is clearly below average. Only twelve percent of employees have a migration background, while the proportion in the total population is over 25 percent; Around 21 million people of the 83 million citizens today have a history of migration. The study was published by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration and the Federal Institute for Population Research.

CIVIS Media Prize 2021

The CIVIS Media Prize honors outstanding productions on television, radio and the Internet that promote peaceful coexistence between people from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. Contributions on the topics of migration, integration and cultural diversity in Europe for the CIVIS Media Prize 2021 can be submitted until January 21, 2021.

Diversely committed, broadly networked: migrant organizations help shape the country

A new study by the research department at the Expert Council of German Foundations for Integration and Migration (SVR) gives a well-founded overview of the landscape of migrant organizations. For the study, 764 migrant organizations from four federal states were questioned and 17 qualitative interviews were conducted with representatives. The study shows that migrant organizations are diverse and cover a very large spectrum of civic engagement. They promote the participation of people with an immigrant background in various areas of social life, for example in the social sector or in the educational sector.

Migration report 2019

In 2019, around 1.6 million people moved to Germany and around 1.2 million people left the country. This means that immigration to Germany has decreased for the fourth time in a row. Humanitarian immigration and family reunification are falling, while more people are coming to Germany to study or work. The annual migration report provides detailed information on migrations to and from Germany. The migration report 2019 was prepared by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Integration barometer 2020

With the beginning of far-reaching Corona requirements in mid-March, people's confidence in politics and democracy in Germany has grown. This is the result of the “Integration Barometer 2020” commissioned by the Expert Council of German Foundations for Integration and Migration (SVR). The SVR integration barometer is a representative population survey among people with and without a migration background and measures the integration climate in the immigration society. The central component is the integration climate index. At its core, this depicts coexistence in diversity, namely in the areas of work, education, social relationships and neighborhood.

Interreligious Calendar 2021 gives an overview of the public holidays of 13 religious communities

The interreligious calendar includes the holidays of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Alevism, Yezidism, Baha'i, Buddhism, and Hinduism. When it comes to Christian holidays, the calendar distinguishes between six denominations: Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Syrian and Coptic. Thus, a total of 13 religious communities are represented in the interreligious calendar with their holidays and the associated information and explanations. The calendar was developed by the Christian-Islamic Society together with representatives of the religious communities as part of a project funding from the Ministry of Integration.
Press release from the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia