"We need to prevent parallel societies," says Franziska Giffey, mayor of Berlin's Neukölln disctrict. She thinks we need a strong state that sets limits.
Most people with immigrant backgrounds in Germany primarily speak German at home, according to microcensus data. The results come on the heels of a debate about holding kids back from school over their German skills.
Kids in Germany are trickling back to school as a debate heats up about holding back those with poor German. DW's Kate Brady visited a Berlin classroom to see the struggles and successes of German-language learners.
A lawmaker from Angela Merkel's conservative party is under fire for saying migrant children who lack sufficient German language skills shouldn't enter primary school. Critics say he is pandering to right-wing populists.
Angela Merkel celebrated 70 years since the signing of the German Basic Law with a speech before young immigrants taking part in an integration program. She said Germany had learned it was a country of immigration.
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