I do not feel fully integrated, I still feel like a foreigner from Bangladesh, but I do not mind it. I just want to know that I am accepted here. Have you seen a movie with Russell Crowe “A good Year”? There is a nice dialogue between the main characters that represents how I often feel in Germany: It is not the place that does not suit your life, it’s your life that does not suit the place.

I’ll give you an example how two different generations treat foreigners in Germany. I am finishing a Master’s Degree in Bonn and working part-time in a bakery. Last week at work I was serving a young German guy when an old man came in to buy some bread. When he saw me he made an unpleasant comment: “noch ein Ausländer” (ed. – a foreigner again). I felt awkward, I did not know how to react. The young guy actually started to defend me: “Why do you come here if you do not want to see foreigners? Why don’t you just stay at home and bake your bread?” he said. The old man was very insulted and I actually felt pity and sorry for him. You should not treat old people like this.

 

 

 


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