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You can be whoever you want to be

In Berlin you are free, you can be whoever you want to be. There are clearly less barriers and you’re at least given a chance to try out something new. There are not so many prewritten social conventions and many different ways of life are widely accepted. As you have...
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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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It starts to feel like home

My name is Adelaine, I am originally from Malaysia and I did my Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, I actually discovered that I wasn’t so passionate about going through tons of technical details but more in the greater picture and mostly in working with people. So when a...
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Traveling whenever possible

My name is Michela (Mikela to be read), but you can simply call me Miki, it is shorter, easier to pronounce and to remember.  I’m Italian, working in a bank since nearly seven years, but since February I have been living abroad! I have always been in love with traveling...
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Ignore the differences

I am a war veteran and have seen genocides and other atrocities… This burdens me a lot and I simply do not understand why people are discriminated based on their origin, treated differently based on their culture or different eating habits or even different taste of music… I cannot comprehend...
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Priceless experiences and reasons to stay

I’ve learned from my experience that the earlier you start taking an interest in the local culture and participating in local life, the easier the integration process is. In a way you have to let this new culture in, to be open to it. Maybe the integration process doesn’t necessarily...
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No world around

I had a choice: either I come study in Germany or go to Scotland. I decided to come to Germany, because my German was not that good and I wanted to improve it talking to native speakers. Over here I have met so many new people from different countries, with...
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We can make it work

Where do you see yourself in ten years? My partner and I would like to start our own multimedia company in Indonesia. It is a very competitive field there, but we are sure to make it work because of our experience and network in Germany.  
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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 was forced to resign…

I am Kurdish, from Iraq. When I came here I had a job right away. But then, they do not want to keep people over two years with steady contracts, because they would have to pay too much taxes. During the two years I never took a sick leave or...
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No jobs in Bulgaria

I didn’t have a job in Bulgaria. Because of that I decided four years ago to come to Germany together with my daughter. Here I found a job right away.
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Jobs are hard to get

 It’s much calmer here, less crime, no vandalism compared to Kongo. However, the job situation is difficult for foreigners. The job places are there, but it’s hard to get them.
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Overqualified Putzfrauen

I am a German teacher. In my classes there are many women from East Europe and most of them are overqualified for what they do in Germany. They actually often joke about it. They say there have never been so many qualified Putzfrauen (cleaning ladies – ed.) in Germany before.