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Hundreds sign up for nationality civic courses

Hundreds sign up for nationality civic courses

by HP 16.12.2017 From our online archive
Education minister Claude Meisch says 860 people register over four-month period
State runs language courses through INL and SFA (Anouk Antony)

More than 800 people signed up for the civic courses to gain Luxembourgish nationality between May and September.

The 'vivre ensemble au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg' (living together in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) course consists of a total of 24 hours of classes focussing on modules such as fundamental citizens' rights, state and local institutions, the history of Luxembourg and European integration.

Education minister, Claude Meisch, has now confirmed 860 people signed up for these courses via the government's 'service de la formation des adultes' (SFA) [adult training services] during a four-month period, between May and September.

State-run Luxembourgish language courses are held at the SFA and the Institut National des Langues (INL).

Meisch said the INL receives more than 7,250 registrations per semester across the 400 courses they offer.

And with those taking part in the civic courses offered at the SFA having to choose 12 dates to cover the 24 hours of classes, administrators have had to deal with 7,460 individual registrations over the four-month period.

Responding to a parliamentary question from CSV minister, Martine Hansen, about the different registration options available for people who wish to take part in the courses, Meish confirmed registration at both centres are done mainly online.

For those with limited access or knowledge of how to use the internet he added registration can be done in person through the INL and via a hotline at the SFA.

Earlier this month it was announced all INL exam sessions to obtain Luxembourgish nationality are full until July next year.