Integration

People who seek refuge in Germany for political reasons have the opportunity to apply for protection as politically persecuted persons under Article 16a of the Basic Law.

The integration of new immigrants and refugees takes place locally, in the communities. For this reason, the Lake Constance district and the city of Friedrichshafen are working to enable people who come to us as asylum seekers, EU citizens entitled to freedom of movement, international experts or students, as well as their families, to integrate from day one.

The key to successful integration is learning the German language, early access to work and participation in social life.

In Friedrichshafen, two bodies make an important contribution to the political participation of immigrants: the Integration Committee and the Council of Nations and Cultures. The contact person for all questions concerning integration is the team of Integration Unit.

The team of the Integration Department is the contact for immigrants and refugees, institutions, offices, clubs, associations and initiatives in all matters relating to migration and integration.

In cooperation with the Council of Nations and Cultures and the Integration Committee, the department supports the management of integration work in Friedrichshafen, promotes the networking of the actors involved and develops needs-oriented projects and measures together with them. The aims are the equal participation of immigrant and fugitive inhabitants of the city in all areas of life and the securing of social peace.

The integration commissioner supports migrant associations in particular and advises institutions on questions of intercultural opening.

The Refugee Commissioner is the contact person for all matters relating to the integration of refugees in Friedrichshafen and networks and strengthens civic involvement in refugee work. The position of Commissioner for Refugees is financially supported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration of Baden-Württemberg.

The Integration Department also has the opportunity to promote micro-projects that serve the social integration of refugees.

The Integration Department also focuses on the promotion of children and young people from immigrant backgrounds in the field of education and the social and professional integration of young adults with refugee experience. This work is based on two pillars: The first pillar is case-by-case social counselling and care for refugees in the transitional shelter. The second pillar consists of building up networks with various full-time and voluntary cooperation partners and developing integration offers in line with needs.

Contact

Integration Department
Stadtverwaltung Friedrichshafen
Schanzstrasse 14
88045 Friedrichshafen
Phone +49 7541 203-2020

Opening times

Monday 8am to 12pm / 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday 8am to 12pm
Wednesday 8am to 12pm
Thursday 8am to 12pm / 2pm to 6pm
Friday 8am to 12pm

as well as appointments by arrangement

The Integration Committee - which is not a body of the municipal council - advises the municipal council on all questions relating to the shaping of cultural coexistence in Friedrichshafen and in particular the integration of foreign residents. It gives suggestions, recommendations and opinions, is an interface to the Council of Nations and Cultures and discusses their concerns. The Integration Committee is composed of members:

  • eight representatives of migrants elected by the Council of Nations and Cultures
  • ten knowledgeable citizens from the areas of schools/children/youth, social issues, health, labour market/professional qualifications, religion/culture, security/coexistence, sports/club work
  • cooperating partners
  • Local councils (one seat per political group)

The Chairman of the Integration Committee entitled to vote is the Lord Mayor or one of his representatives. The term of office of the Integration Committee is linked to that of the local council. The management is the responsibility of the municipal integration commissioner. It usually meets three times a year (optionally four times).

The Council of Nations and Cultures is composed of one representative each of the migrant associations and interest groups registered in Friedrichshafen that are active in integration. It serves as a forum for discussion and opinion-forming among migrants living in Friedrichshafen on their concerns. Integration-related topics and concerns that are formulated in the Council of Nations and Cultures and are considered important, of general importance and of interest to all stakeholders are submitted to the Integration Committee. The Board of the Council of Nations and Cultures is elected by its members and consists of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman and a Secretary. The Council of Nations and Cultures usually meets three (optionally four) times a year. His term of office is linked to that of the local council.