Bavaria first German state to dictate residence of asylum seekers

Bavaria has become the first German state to implement a new integration law whereby the government can dictate asylum seekers' place of residence for a period of three years.

All asylum seekers living in the southern German state will be affected by the rule except those who are engaged in job training or have employment and are working 15 hours a week or more.

"The residence assignment allows us to ensure that migrants in Bavaria live with us, not alongside us," said Emilia Mueller, social affairs minister in the state.

"This way, we can avoid the creation of parallel societies, while also promoting integration across Bavaria," Mueller said.

The new rule is based on an integration law that was passed by the German government in early August. It is up to the country's 16 federal states to implement it.

Germany took in some 1.1 million migrants in 2015.

Last update: Wed, 31/08/2016 - 13:01

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