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Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has unveiled a formal programme designed to increase the number of minorities in public service, calling integration "more urgent than ever."

Merkel announced a "National Action Plan" at an integration summit in Berlin on Tuesday where more than 100 federal, state and provincial officials gathered to discuss how to attract more people from minority backgrounds into government service.

Although roughly 20 percent of people in Germany are considered to be foreigners or of minority background - but they make up only about 10 percent of public service positions.


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