The Turkish

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Jena is the best!

Hi, I am Şeyma Kadayıfçi, I’m 21 years old, originally from Turkey. I came to Germany for 3 months to participate in the Erasmus Mundus programme. What did you like the most about Germany? The nature, there is so much natural beauty in Germany compared to Turkey. It’s so green (laughing-ed)....
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I’m not turkish, but my husband is

In a capital city marked by transformation and transience, where people are perpetually coming and going, it can feel like a true rarity to meet someone actually from that city. “H” was my first Berlin friend from Berlin. We met through a language website, after she sent me a request to practice French in exchange...
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Ali for (and from) Germany

In the wake of Germany’s World Cup victory, much has been said about a renewed sense of German patriotism and its implications. While some have feared a connection to Germany’s dark past, others have welcomed the discourse as a chance to shape a new sense of belonging within the country’s...
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My name is Mustafa

My name is Mustafa and I am from Turkey. I came here 7 years ago looking for a job…and now I work in three different places: casino, bakery and a Turkish grocery shop… you know, even in Germany you have to work to be able to eat! Photo credits: morguefile
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Germans are pure socialists at heart

I have never had any German friends while in Germany, despite the fact that I was born and raised there. I blame it on them being too cautious towards the unknown and we, the minorities, are in a state of culture shock. But my observations have lead me to believe...
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The Taxi Driver

Had I hopped into Orhan’s taxi en route to the airport, I likely would’ve assumed he was Turkish and left it at that. He might have asked me where I was flying to and I might have commented on the weather. He would’ve pulled my suitcase out of the trunk...
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Delicious food

There you go! We have delicious food over here: chicken chops and lamb skewers! Come on, folks! Multicoolty tour on Birlikte art and culture festival
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If only I had blond hair…

I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I have been here for 30 years. I cannot imagine living in Turkey all the time. They live differently over there, they have a different social life – a totally different way of living. Do you feel more Turkish or German then? It is...
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Best city in Germany

Where do you come from? I am from Estonia. My colleague is from Russia. I am from Turkey. Cologne is the best city in Germany. I have been here for 13 years. Frankfurt is also nice, but Cologne is much nicer. Why? Because people are nice over here. They are nice...
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My home

I come from Turkey. I have lived here for 22 years. How is life in Cologne? Optimal. Why? Because people are not that arrogant. They have this positive attitude. You can have a friendly chat with everyone. Life is not that bad over here. It is actually very good. I...
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Moving away

Since the eastern border was opened, the situation has gotten worse not only in Germany but in Europe generally. People search for jobs anywhere they can, and some people from Eastern Europe are willing to work for less money. Of course, for them it’s good, because the 100 euros they...
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I gladly give my love to women

I am from Turkey. I don’t smoke or drink, but on Sundays I go dancing. I have many girlfriends over here – Dutch and German ladies. My wife left me in 1983, but I am enjoying my life despite of that. You know, I always tell my girlfriends I love...
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The dressmaker

In Turkey men are the dressmakers. I’m making wedding dresses and evening dresses. I’m doing this job already for 30 years. It’s always interesting and it never gets boring: there are new people, new characters and new designs all the time. I simply love my job! What do you find difficult in...
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Taste of Turkey

I came to Germany in 1974 with my father and started working in a factory. It was a difficult time. There were no Turkish specialties available over here and at the same time we did not have the right to start importing Turkish products. In our documents it was clearly...
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A world citizen with roots in Turkey, UK and Germany

Ozlem, who is an independent image consultant, a spiritual healer and a coach, originally from Istanbul (Turkey), has lived an expat life since she was very young. She spent more than ten years working in international business development in London, worked on two projects for Social Entrepreneurs in Bolivia and...
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To Russia with Love

I come from Turkey and have been here for 12 years. However, I worked for eight years in Moscow…you know as an electrician. Sometimes I still do it for a change even in Germany. I have also been to St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov, Sochi, Arkhangelsk – there it was very...
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It’s Duschland!

What do you think of the weather in Germany compared to Turkey?  It always rains, I don’t call it Deutschland, I say it’s Duschland (Showerland – ed.).
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At the Barber’s

I am from Turkey and have been in Germany since 16 years and since 14 years I have this hair salon over here. I was jobless for only two months once I got here. I am doing very well and of course satisfied with everything. I have been a hairdresser already...
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