Belgian integrations courses in Flanders to cost €360, new government announces
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    Belgian integrations courses in Flanders to cost €360, new government announces

    The integration process will focus more on the Dutch language and social education. Credit: Belga

    The coalition agreement of the new Flemish government will take a new approach to integration and require people to pay for integration courses.

    The integration process will focus more on the Dutch language and social education. These courses will cost €180, and taking the exam will also cost €180. People who fail the exam will not get fined, but they will need to pay to retake the exam.

    Every newcomer will have to go through a result-based process, with a citizenship test at the end.

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    Maïthé Chini
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