BERLIN – The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Chancellor Angela Merkel says her Cabinet has agreed upon details of new measures to help Germany deal with the integration of some 1.1 million migrants who were registered entering the country last year.
Merkel says that the measures seek to balance new "opportunities and obligations" for migrants.
"I think this is a milestone," she told reporters Wednesday.
Further details were to be announced later in the day on specific decisions.
Measures being discussed include expanded orientation courses for migrants and reduced waiting times for integration courses, with a greater emphasis on learning the German language.
The moves still need parliamentary approval.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet is meeting to finalize details of new measures to help deal with the influx of some 1.1 million migrants who were registered entering Germany last year, including getting them into the workforce faster and promoting broader German language skills.
Among other things, the measures being discussed Wednesday foresee expanded orientation courses for migrants and reduced waiting times for integration courses, with a greater emphasis on learning the German language.
To try to avoid migrant ghettos in big cities, the measures would mandate newcomers to stay where they have been officially placed for a minimum of three years unless a job is found that takes them elsewhere.
The proposals also foresee the creation of government-funded jobs for migrants, and relaxed rules on entering the workforce.