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S'pore and Germany experts discuss policies on integration of immigrants

Published on Mar 25, 2014 9:29 PM

Singapore could learn from Germany's approach in the integration of immigrants, for instance, in its emphasis on language education, said Mr Zainudin Nordin, chairman of racial harmony advocacy group on Tuesday.

In Germany, all immigrants must first pass a basic German-language test.

He said: "The common feedback that we get (include) 'When I go to a restaurant, people talk to me in Mandarin, they don't understand what I'm ordering'." More could be done to help people adapt and integrate into Singapore "using a common denominator like language", he said.

Mr Zainudin, who is also MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, was speaking to reporters after a panel discussion on the integration of immigrants in Germany and Singapore.

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