The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants of the Federal state of Brandenburg

One of the main tasks of the Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants is to advise the government of the Federal state of Brandenburg in all matters regarding migration policies. This includes integration and immigration policy as well as matters regarding residency, asylum and migration legislation.

A further task is to identify and analyse obstacles in the area of social, economic, legal and administrative integration and to develop strategies against them. This includes supporting all forms of immigrant participation and bringing forward initiatives against racism and xenophobia as well as initiatives that promote intercultural understanding and reduce discrimination on the individual as well as on the institutional level. Furthermore, the Commissioner plans and initiates measures for the integration of immigrants living here permanently and supports activities for immigrants and refugees in the Federal state of Brandenburg.

The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants assists and supports welfare and charity organizations, institutions, networks and other self-organized immigrant groups active in this field. Supporting and training self-organized immigrant groups and moderators is of special significance.

The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants initiates procedures for monitoring the integration process and carries out studies and analyses in this field. She publishes periodical reports regarding the state and the process of integration.

The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants cooperates with the Commissioners for the Integration of Immigrants of the federal government, of the other states of Germany and of the local municipal authorities.

The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants is an advisory member of the Commission for Cases of Hardship (Härtefallkommission) of the Federal state of Brandenburg. The Commission for Cases of Hardship is a board introduced by the government that works independently of administrative authorities. In individual cases falling under Alien Law, the Commission for Cases of Hardship determines whether there are urgent humanitarian or personal reasons that would justify a foreigner who has been commanded to leave the country to prolong his or her  stay in the Federal Republic. The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants introduces individual cases to the Commission and comments all applications.

Another focus are the activities against discrimination headed by the Centre against Discrimination, which was established in 1999 within the office of the Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants. In cooperation with national and international partners, the Centre against Discrimination develops and implements antidiscrimination projects and activities. It also serves as a contact point in all matters regarding discrimination on the grounds of ethnic background, religion or race. The General Equal Treatment Act of 2006 opens new possibilities for prevention and intervention.

The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants calls for all residents of Brandenburg, including people of various ethnic backgrounds, nationalities and religions, to live together on the basis of equality and mutual respect. The Commissioner supports a wide range of projects against racism, xenophobia and violence as well as other promoting intercultural understanding that are initiated by the action-oriented "Tolerant Brandenburg" (Tolerantes Brandenburg).

The Commissioner for the Integration of Immigrants cooperates with other partners in the state-wide "League against Violence, Right Wing Extremism and Xenophobia (Aktionsbündnis gegen Gewalt, Rechtsextremismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit) and serves as vice-chairman on the State Integration Board (Landesintegrationsbeirat).

Die Integrationsbeauftragte

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