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Language lessons aimed at asylum seekers in Germany

Facilitating the integration of asylum seekers in Düsseldorf through German lessons

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting a German association called ASG Bildungsforum, which dispenses 3,000 courses per year in a variety of fields, such as philosophy and literature. Following the massive influx of refugees to Germany, the association decided to offer them the possibility of having German lessons.

Vital language lessons

Germany has taken in several hundred thousand refugees since 2015. The German government finances language lessons at the end of the asylum procedure, once refugee status has been granted. However, the procedure can sometimes take over a year and social integration is impossible without mastering the language.

Better integration

These lessons enable asylum seekers to start learning German soon after their arrival in the country, thereby improving their confidence, and allowing them to communicate more easily in their everyday lives, and therefore to better integrate their host country. As part of this project, the association offers two hours of German lessons per week for ten weeks. The Federal Bureau of Immigration and Refugees allows experienced teachers to teach at the association.

The Air Liquide Foundation's contribution

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the ASG Bildungsforum by financing the teachers’ work, as well as the educational resources and the cost of renting the premises.


  • Project initiator: ASG Bildungsforum
  • Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Year of support: 2015
  • Sponsor : Julia Kaltenborn, Air Liquide Deutschland