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12 May 2011

Director Mayorkas Discusses Citizenship Programs with German Federal Minister of the Interior Friedrich

In the tradition of partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany, Director Mayorkas met recently with German Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, to discuss efforts to integrate immigrants and new citizens.

Director Mayorkas and Minister Friedrich
Director Mayorkas and Minister Friedrich

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which provides support for local citizenship preparation services, was a central topic of discussion. The Director and Minister Friedrich discussed challenges faced by both nations in better integrating new citizens, and agreed that effective integration efforts are vital to both nations. Minister Friedrich viewed the Grant Program as evidence of the importance of local efforts to promote integration, pointing out that successful efforts could not simply be decreed from "Washington or Berlin."

The meeting concluded with Director Mayorkas presenting Minister Friedrich a bound copy of "The Citizen’s Almanac," a book provided to new citizens upon naturalization.

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