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Not there yet – Issues to be resolved before Brussels makes integration programme mandatory

The former Brussels government had announced that integration programmes would become mandatory for immigrants beginning 1 January 2020. But the new government has called this deadline unrealistic, and the requirement will not take effect on that date.

The January 1st deadline set by the former government is ‘absolutely not realistic,’ according to Alain Maron, the new minister in charge of this portfolio. Local administrations (there are 19 of them in Brussels) do not seem ready to implement the mandatory programmes, and a lot of practical issues still need to be resolved, especially concerning payment.

Integration programmes are already mandatory in Wallonia and Flanders, the latter being the first region to implement them. Find out more about integration policies in each region

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