People moving to Belgium from outside the EU would be required to sign a statement vowing to integrate or else see their residency claim rejected, under a proposed law approved by Belgium's government Wednesday.

The "newcomers statement," which must still be voted on by parliament, would be translated into a language signees understand and be mandatory for anyone from outside the EU wanting to come to Belgium for more than three months. Asylum-seekers and students are exempt.

People would have to sign a form certifying that they will make "sufficient efforts" to learn the official language of the region where they live and "to familiarize themselves with the society." The requirement would also apply to those having their visa renewed. If authorities judge someone is not doing enough to integrate, their residency rights could be terminated.

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