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1 Linguistic integration and reception measures in Austria „Reviewing reception measures for the integration of legal immigrants in the European Union”, Paris, April 2013

2 Table of content Institutional framework in Austria Linguistic measures Pre-integration approach Integration from the beginning

3 Institutional framework in Austria  Guestworker policy in the late 60s and early 70s  From almost 0% (1960s) to 12% foreign nationals in 2012  Many local initiatives but no national framework  National Action Plan for Integration 2010 Integration strategy of the Austrian government 7 fields of action Coordinate initiatives and policies Overarching framework

4 2 integration bodies  Expert Council for Integration 2 experts per field of action center of competence makes recommendations on the implementation of the NAP.I identifies practical and concrete measures Publishes the annual integration report 20-point-program and subsequent assessment  Advisory Committee on Integration other ministries civil society social partners federal states Implementation of the NAP.I

5  Established April 2011  State Secretary Sebastian Kurz  Main goals Change the integration narrative Integration through achievements on both sides Evidence-based policies German as bringing element between all cultures living in Austria State Secretary for Integration

6 Prior to entering Austria:  German prior to immigration  A1 Upon arrival:  Integration agreement 2 Modules  Module 1  A2 mandatory in-depth basic German skills duration: 24 months voucher system: 18 months  Module 2  B1 not mandatory prerequisite for i.a. permanent residence and citizenship Linguistic integration

7 Implementation of the integration agreement  Austrian Integration fund Certifying course providers Quality assurance (sitting in on classes) Providing test formats for the New ÖIF Test (level A2) and DTÖ – German Test for Austria (level A2-B1) Handling blue federal vouchers and Processing tests  Further learning material by the Austrian Integration Fund Online learning platform: Language portal: Linguistic integration

8 Arch of integration Integration from the beginning Pre-integration Integration in Austria Attainment of citizenship

9 Migration and integration representative in Ankara Pre-integration approach importance of German guide to authorities set appointments for further consultation in Austria create a profile content

10 Further information & contact details   Download section contains all reports published by the Expert Council for Integration as well as statistical data regarding all fields of action covered by the NAP.I Nora Kienzer Federal Ministry of the Interior Herrengasse 7, 1014 Vienna, P.O. Box (0) – 3438


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