Migration office doles out funding for immigrant integration

Last year, the Federal Migration Office spent some CHF55 million ($ 57 million) on efforts to integrate foreigners, with much of the funds going towards teaching them a national language and empowering  them to access the Swiss job market. According to a report published Monday, CHF35.3 million was allocated in 2013 to integrate refugees, with CHF13.4 million going towards  specific integration measures in the cantons, such as “language and education”. More than 100,000 people participated in some 5,000 language classes offered in 2013. CHF3 million went to fund centres that consult immigrants, employers and authorities about integration measures, while CHF1.2 million went to early intervention programmes to help children of immigrants learn national languages. The migration office argues such funds are well spent, saving money down the line in the social welfare sector, for example. Most of the funds went to individual cantons, who allocated them further. This is … Show more
– SWI swissinfo.ch

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