Call for imams in Germany to undergo integration course

Bonn, Germany (dpa) – Imams trained abroad but working in Germany should attend the integration courses set up for foreigners, the integration commissioners of the 16 German states said. In the longer term “training imams in Germany is essential,” the commissioners said after meeting in Bonn, noting that Islam was now a “fixed part of German society.” Even if imams had no intention of remaining permanently in Germany they should still undergo the course, aimed at helping immigrants communicate in German and comprehend German society, the commissioners said.