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Building fences is not a solution

My name is Julia and, though I’m German, my husband keeps telling me that I’m more French since I was born on the “left side of Rhine river” in Palatinate. I lived in Berlin for five years and now I’m living in Brandenburg where you can still sense the differences...
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There are good and bad people everywhere

What words do you know to describe someone who is not a German? That’s a tough question … well … I think it does not make any difference anymore…. we live in a very diverse world and when you mix people  😉 such questions should no longer be asked. There are...
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Arbeit and a better life

What words do you know to describe someone who is not a German? People who come to seek asylum – asylum seekers….immigrants… But the main point is that there are so many people who come here to seek asylum and very little of this people go to other countries… simply...
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Rejection guaranteed!

I live in Germany since I was 20 years old, now am 40. I was born in the city of Nis in Serbia. I came here with my family because of the war. I do not know whether I’m happy or not…it does not really matter. I’m homeless, plus Roma....
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A long road ahead

America, where I was born, is an immigrant society. Everyone is an immigrant one or several generations back. I think, USA is the best example of the importance of immigration in the economic and social success of any country. In Germany, and in Europe in general, things are different. European countries...
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The Beggar of Lavapies

The lines on the page shackled her thoughts – ‘the mirror tells her the best years of her life have been wasted’. Wasted was how she felt although it was Springtime and she was in the prime of her youth. All around her were families with kids, fathers holding their daughters...
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From Mare Nostrum to Mare Mostrum

From the operation Mare Nostrum that, as claimed by several advocacy groups, saved thousands of lives at sea in 2014 to the new operation Triton, that only saves borders and not people, the Mediterranean Sea has turned into the Mare Mostrum (monster sea – ed.) and became the largest cemetery in...
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No pains, no gains

Good morning, world! I am Josefine and I have been in Germany since 21 years already. I reside in a small town Frankethal. It is located in the south-west part of Germany (Pfalz), where the weather is always nice and the nature is simply magnificent. All these things remind me of my motherland....
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Germans are my type of people

My name is Soheon Kim, I am 24 year old and I am from South Korea. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in one of the best universities there, with a major in Western history and minor in journalism. But even with such a notorious university and a couple of internships I was not...
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Absolutely enriching

Positive aspects of multiculturalism stay more and more in the background and public debates concentrate predominantly on immigration, its economic advantages and disadvantages and movements against foreign influences. In the light of that, I think that one should talk more about multiculturalism in our society, especially about the advantages multiculturalism brings...
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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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Ali, Zoe and the Gentrification debate

My German is getting better because of Ali… A friendship of no happenstance. Meet Ali and Zoe.  Ali, Zoe and the Gentrification debate by Kelly Miller from Collidoscope Berlin You may have heard of them. Zoe takes pictures of Ali while walking down the street and posts them on her...
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I love Germany for all of its quirks

My name is Kathleen Ralf and I teach Humanities and English at an International School near Frankfurt.  My family and I have moved to Germany from the United States five years ago with only 5 suitcases. I started writing my blog, Lehrer Werkstatt, last year in an effort to document...
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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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Dreaming of a pair of jeans

“To cramp yourself in the nationality is, in my opinion, stupid. I think nationality, as a concept, is outdated. I think it will play smaller and smaller role in our lives. Of course, it’s different when a country is still fighting for its independence, but over here in Europe….” Konstantin...
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A world citizen

I consider myself a world citizen. I am Indian because I carry an Indian passport and because my geographical region is called India, but I have multiple identities. If there was a possibility of a global passport, I’d be the first to apply. Do you feel integrated into the German...
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