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How far are you willing to go?

My name is Anastasia Valeeva and I’m a journalist from Russia. There are several reasons why I decided to move to Germany. I had already studied in Europe before. I visited the CFPJ (Centre de Formation et Perfectionnement des Journalistes) as an exchange student, while I was studying at the Moscow...
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The Migrant Eye

Our new collaborator Nasima Akaloo introduces a fresh section on multicoolty called “The Migrant Eye”: Commentaries, criticism, news, analysis, interviews… this is what you can expect from ‘The Migrant Eye’. Living abroad allows you to play with the ‘double-vision’ of being both an insider and outsider. It is in this...
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The best part of Multicoolty

The best part of our project is meeting so many people from all parts of the world and with different backgrounds. One day you meet a miner from Kazakhstan, the next day you interview an Italian photographer, then a Korean dancer, a famous American jazzman, a guy from Togo cleaning the streets...
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Being a foreigner isn’t all bad

My name is Olga and I’m Polish, my husband is German and we live in the Netherlands. I studied the German Language and Culture in Warsaw and Media Culture in Bremen. I write a blog “European Mama” where I share my experiences of raising children with three languages, living abroad...
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Not always a victim

In Morocco I studied German and I wanted to experience it in the field, to see it with my own eyes. I first came to Germany in 1996 for a student exchange in Marburg. I found everything fascinating. Everything was different from what I had learned. After I moved to...
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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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Greeted with open arms

I have lived abroad and know how it feels like to be a foreigner. When you don’t understand the language one hundred per cent, then you feel a bit lost. It is amazing, despite that you will be greeted with open arms. However, it is clear that no matter where you...
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We are for Europe

My name is Katia and I am from Zhitomir, Ukraine. My mother is actually from Belarus and my mother tongue is Russian. Last year in the beginning of November I personally visited Maidan in Kiev. There were mainly young people and students protesting against the former president Viktor Yanukovich and...
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We are all human beings

I was born in Hamburg, but have lived all over Germany during the course of my life. Although I now live in North Rhine-Westphalia, Northern Germany is home to me and always will be. I am a writer and reader. I get booked by people who want to take some time...
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A sensitive and fervent topic

Has multiculturalism failed in Germany? I don’t think that it has just yet, but it is really about time to inform and educate the people about multiculturalism. I do believe that only information helps. You are coming from Eastern Germany. Why is the situation for foreigners there much worse? Since there...
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Very accepting

My name is Alison and I am from Great Britain. My husband’s job brought us to Cologne two years ago and I like it! I was actually pleasantly surprised what a nice, clean and cozy city Cologne is! I especially enjoy the open space and the whole city atmosphere.  It...
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Jazzing in a free world

Being a foreigner is never easy. You can be a genius but the chances that you remain unnoticed in Germany are high. You know, it does not disturb me anymore. I have learnt, after 10 years in Austria and 15 years in Germany, to accept and to adjust. However, I...
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The businessman

Sometimes it happens that several women want the same dress at the same time. Just half an hour ago two ladies started a fight in the store – I mean literally, pulling each other’s hair and things like that. I had to go between them. So I didn’t sell the...