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I did everything to integrate myself…

I have been living in Germany a little bit more than a year and I only now realise how difficult it was to leave everything behind in Russia and start a new life in a completely different culture with new  beliefs and habits. I initially did everything to integrate myself…whatever...
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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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We both call Berlin home

I’m Aimee Gonzales, and I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I left my entire life behind me and moved to Halle-Saale in February 2012. Since then, I’ve made a life in Germany, I’ve moved 6 times, got a second degree, worked, got married and started an online business...
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My life in a suitcase

My name is Eleanor and I have been living in Germany since 4 years. I’m a blogger. I manage the page “My life in a suitcase” – a guide for those who want to move to Germany or those who want more information about the country. Initially, the difficulties are...
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Absolutely, Germany!

My name is Ismail and I was born and raised in Algeria. While I was in Algeria I wanted to go outside and see the world, so I registered for a Master’s Degree in France and moved there. Later I found a job in a German start-up and moved to...
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Germany does not feel any different

My name is Madhuri, I am 25 years old and I originally come from Bengaluru, south of India. I came to Germany to do my Master’s in Molecular Life Science at the University of Jena. I am in Freiburg now to work on my Master’s thesis. This was the first...
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I always wanted to go to Germany anyway

My name is Ying, I was born in Taiwan, but raised in Argentina and in the USA. I have been living in Germany for more than 5 years now. I hold a double Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Languages and a Master’s Degree from the University of Göttingen in...
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Two for one deal

I’m a former globe-trotting backpacker who lived in a work-travel-work-travel cycle for 5/6 years before eventually putting on the brakes in Germany.  I originally lived in Hamburg for 2 years but I never really settled in the Hansestadt and so eventually moved to Italy. In 2013 I came back, but...
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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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I can call myself a pro

My name is Tihana, I come from Serbia and I’m a linguist, a blogger and a writer. I’m also finishing my grad school in linguistics this summer. My favorite activities include reading, traveling, devouring blogs, chatting with my friends and drinking coffee. I’m a huge fan of coffee! Last but...
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It’s not enough to say I’m sorry

I think it’s very important that we strengthen mutual understanding in our society and that we really work together to make things better! The problem we’re facing right now is fundamentalism. In my opinion its roots are also socioeconomic. It has a lot to do with failed opportunities to foster...
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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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Integration experience

My integration experience is perhaps a little different than for many people who move to Germany. You see, in the beginning I did not really need to integrate into the German society. I was studying in an international university and pretty much everyone around me, from other students to the...
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The Klezmer Gentiles

An interview is never one-sided – in fact, it is a constructive conversation. I am as much a part of this piece as the artist who answered my questions. Without the contributions of the other, individual statements would hold little significance. So thanks, Soli, for letting me share our conversation. The...
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