Germany translates its constitution in Arabic for refugees

Germany prints 10.000 copies of first 20 articles of country’s constitution in Arabic for Syrian refugees

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A volunteer interacts with a child as he conducts German languagge lessons inside an improvised shelter at a sports hall in Hanau, Germany, September 24, 2015

Germany has translated the first 20 articles of its constitution, which cover basic human rights, into Arabic and printed 10,000 copies for Syrian refugees to distribute at registration centers in Germany, said Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Officials have anticipated that it would help to speed up nearly 500,000 Syrian refugees' integration in German society.

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel stated on Wednesday that German politicians are anxious about integration of Syrians who don't have any knowledge of the German culture and language.

"No one is forced, when he comes to Germany, to change his religion, to alter his private life. But what is important for our culture is that the principles of our democratic society apply to everyone, Gabriel told the Bild Daily. "People who come here must not only learn the German language, but also the rules of the game of living together,” he added.

The government has also worked on free language course to help refugees in their ratification processes to find a job.

German public opinion has been divided concerning the increasing numbers of refugees fleeing from the Middle East and African countries on how they can be integrated.

Meanwhile, Germany expects to receive 800,000 asylum seekers by the end of this year, said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and added Germany receives 43 percent of all asylum applications in the 28-nation European Union. The number of applications are likely to rise four times from last year.

The German federal government has also promised to make a one-off payment of 4.1 billion Euros ($4.6 billion) by next year to its 16 regional states coping with the influx of refugees, Reuters reported.

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