January 6th, 2010

Central Council: Integration of Jewish immigrants requires sufficient funding

Frankfurt/Main – The Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, has called on the Government to reverse the drastic curtailment of funding for the integration of Jewish immigrants. He said the funding cut was "definitely the wrong signal at the wrong moment" because it impeded the hitherto successful integration work of the Jewish communities in Germany. Graumann emphasised that the Jewish communities had achieved great successes in integrating the newcomers. In an interview with the DAPD news agency, he described the communities' integration efforts as a "great success story". He said the subsidies provided for integration work were vital for the functioning of many small Jewish communities. At the same time, Graumann stressed that the Central Council was confident that the new Federal Government was going to continue the long-standing co-operation with the Jewish community. The Government's plans to facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications, he said, would improve the situation of the immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Graumann said that many of them were highly trained specialists who had hitherto often had to take on unskilled jobs in Germany. (30.12.2009)