Friday, July 02, 2004

German parliament approves revised immigration law

German parliament approves revised immigration law
07/02/2004 -- 11:16(GMT+7)

Berlin, July 2 (VNA) - With a majority of votes in favour, the German Parliament on Thursday ratified a revised immigration law following a compromise reached by the ruling coalition and opposition parties at the end of last May.

The immigration law was designed to replace the current expatriate law with the aim of attracting skilled experts to living and working in Germany, authorizing foreign graduates to stay on after graduation to seek jobs and creating favourable conditions for foreigners to integrate into the German society while facilitating the expulsion of those foreigners who are likely to endanger German society as well as simplification of lodging regulations.

It is expected that the law will be approved at the Federal Council (German congress's upper house) on July 9 before it is submitted to the President for signing into law. The law is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2005.--Enditem


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