Integration policy in Luxembourg
Luxembourg’s population is growing every year in a very significant way as a result of a growing economic situation, favorable to a positive net migration rate.
Therefore, the integration of these newcomers is a major challenge for Luxembourg, so that immigrants from other European countries, or other continents, can integrate easily, quickly and then participate concretely in the development of the country.
The process of integration is a two-way process, which must be done by both parties: the immigrant and the host country. In Luxembourg, the state, municipalities and civil society work together for the successful integration of newcomers.
The implementation of integration policy in Luxembourg
The integration of foreigners and the reception of new arrivals in Luxembourg are the subject of a genuine government policy.
Education and Luxembourgish lessons
Foreign children arriving in Luxembourg and enrolled in the Luxembourg primary education system benefit from a specific system that allows them to integrate quickly and easily thanks to personalized support in their new school. More information.
A 200-hour training leave is allowed throughout ones working life in Luxembourg to enable employees to learn Luxembourgish.
The National Action Plan for Integration
A new National Action Plan for Integration (PAN intgération) was adopted in July 2018 and will be implemented by the Ministry of Family and Integration. It provides the integration of all non-Luxembourg residents but also the reception and social support of applicants for international protection, through access to information, quality of services offered, coordination and cooperation in Luxembourg and internationally.
The Contrat d’Accueil et d’intégration (welcome and integration contract)
Do you wish to discover or learn more about the history, customs, languages or values of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg ? The Luxembourgish government has created integration measures brought together within the framework of the “Contrat d’Accueil et d’Intégration” (CAI).
Services offered with the CAI are:
- discounted language courses (Luxembourgish, French and / or German). The objective is to enable the learner to attain at least level A.1 in one of the 3 reference languages in Luxembourg
- civic education courses, which allow the signatory of the contract of reception and integration to know the modalities to live together in a multicultural Luxembourg, to learn the luxembourgish morals and traditions, the historical bases and the political organization of the country in order to integrate in the Grand Duchy
- a free orientation day that will allow the participant to become familiar with the official organizations in a friendly atmosphere.
Organizations for integration
If everything is done by the Luxembourg government to welcome new residents and ensure that they integrate as soon as possible, it is nevertheless true that to arrive in a foreigner country is not easy for anyone. Whatever your situation is, many associations can help you integrate in Luxembourg.
ONA – National reception Office
The National Reception Office (ONA) is an administration under the authority of the Minister having Asylum in his remits. It is responsible for organising the reception of applicants for international protection and creating and managing accommodation facilities reserved for temporary accommodation of international applicants, refugees and people eligible for subsidiary protection.
The National Reception Office (“Office national de l’accueil”, ONA) was created by the law of 4 December 2019. The provisions of the new reception policy entered into force on 1 January 2020.
The ONA replaces the Luxembourg Office for Reception and Integration (OLAI) established by the law of 16 December 2008 on the reception and integration of foreigners in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
- The ONA website will allow you to learn more about the ONA’s responsibilities and the reception system set up in Luxembourg.
- ONA offices are open to the public Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00. They are located 5, rue Carlo Hemmer L-1734 Luxembourg-Kirchberg.
- The National Reception Office (ONA) provides hotlines in multiples languages (German, English, French, Serbo-croatian, Russian, Albanian, Tigrinya, Arabic and Farsi). Phone : +352 247-85700
The National Council for Foreigners
The National Council for Foreigners (Conseil National pour Étrangers) is an institutional consultative body, created in 1993. Under the supervision of the Ministry for Family Affairs and Integration of Luxembourg, its mission is to study the integration of foreigners in Luxembourg, on its own initiative or at the request of the government. The CNE’s mission is to help remedy any problems of reception and integration of foreigners in the Grand Duchy.
Six commissions are responsible for fulfilling the CNE’s mission from different perspectives:
- liaison with the municipal consultative integration commissions – CCIC
- migrants and border residents
- refugees and applicants for international protection
- civic participation and associations
- senior citizens
- youth, education and continuing education.
The CNE has a 5-year mandate. The last elections were held in July 2017. CNE is made up of:
- 22 members from civil society*, elected by Luxembourg associations working for the integration of foreigners in Luxembourg to represent foreigners present in Grand-Duchy,
- one refugee representative and two civil society representatives proposed by the government,
- a representative of SYVICOL, Syndicat des villes et communes luxembourgeoises
- four representatives of employers’ organisations,
- four union representatives.
The members of the CNE elect the President and Vice-President of the National Council for Foreigners by a majority of votes.
*Any person over 18 years of age residing in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg may stand for election to the CNE. This is subject to the condition that he/she is of a nationality other than Luxembourgish exclusively, and has full legal capacity and voting rights. A member who subsequently obtains Luxembourg nationality will lose his mandate at the CNE
ASTI Support for Migrant Workers
ASTI (Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés) has an information office for migrants which provides information and answers questions on immigration legislation and international protection: work permits, residence permits, visas etc. and also provides language classes.
ASTI’s “Connections” project, which was developed with financial support from l’Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte aims to prepare refugees for the Luxembourg job market. Just Arrived has also been collaborating on this project since it’s beginning.
Based on a career and skills evaluation, participants have the possibility to take part in three stages, which are:
- Information sessions on Luxembourg’s history and composition, asylum rights and RMG, the family unit, social aid, information on labour law in Luxembourg, (CAI) welcome and integration contract, etc. ;
- Workshops on labour law and work practice, how to write a CV, how to get a work placement;
- Non-remunerated company work placements (up to 240 hours over a six month period) with a specialized mentor and evaluation of skills learned during the work placement;
- A certificate showing the effort made by the asylum seeker and refugee.
After the completion of each stage the participant will be awarded a certificate, which along with the liaison booklet and portfolio testifies to the effort they have made. These documents do have worth, notably at the Job Agency (ADEM) where once the international protection status has been obtained they will make it easier to integrate into the job market.
CLAE – Liaison and Action Committee for Foreigners
The CLAE reception, information, cultural and linguistic mediation platform in Luxembourg was created in 1985 and is approved by the Ministry of Family and Integration.
The CLAE works towards an open and supportive immigration policy in Luxembourg and its mission is to welcome and inform migrant people and families in Luxembourg about their rights:
- welcoming migrant families
- information on topics such as:
- help with some administrative procedures,
- linked to the appropriate structures,
- adapted listening according to personal and family situations,
- invitation to participate in associative projects, to intercultural events,
- French courses, beginner to intermediate level
CLAE organizes every year the Festival of Migration, Cultures and Citizenship, a must-attend event for the social, political and cultural life of Luxembourg.
The Rencontres sans Frontières are part of the annual meetings proposed by the City of Luxembourg in collaboration with CLAE. Each year in June, this sporting and cultural event offers a varied program: beach volley and football tournament, various activities for promoting integration. Ambiance guaranteed!
For more information on this event www.rsf.lu.
Luxembourg Accueil Association
Created in 1977, the Luxembourg Accueil association’s mission is to welcome families of all nationalities in Luxembourg by inviting them to participate in multiple activities designed for all ages and tastes: cultural, artistic or creative activities, visits cultural or sports, convivial meetings, ..
The activities are animated in French language.
- language courses in German, French, Luxemburgish, English, Italian
- sewing, cooking, decoration, floral art, photography, theater, drawing, painting, calligraphy
- exhibition visits, hikes to discover Luxembourg’s landscapes
- yoga workshops, sophrology, relaxation
- theme coffee shops.
The aim of the association is to provide opportunities to meet other people and to create links between members, in order to facilitate the integration of newcomers and residents in Luxembourg.
Registration for activities is carried out at the permanence of the association from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12am.
Annual fee 20 euros.
With more than 1,000 members and 50 nationalities, the association works thanks to volunteers and the help of the City of Luxembourg.