STATISTICS from mandatory language courses offered to migrants in Germany show a dismal success rate. Representatives of the Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party say that this demonstrates that migrants have little will to integrate into German society.
Asylum-seekers who come to Germany are required to complete a “German integration course” which includes lessons in the German language. The statistics for this year show that 45.7% of migrants who took the language test — equivalent to approximately 62,000 students — failed to reach the B1 level, which is the ability to hold a simple conversation in German, on their first attempt, according to a report by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
Of those who failed and then took the course a second time, 78% of them failed the second exam.
The trend has been growing worse in recent years. This year, 77.6% of migrants failed the language test, while in 2017 only 65.7% failed.