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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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Being on the move is probably in my DNA

Hello! My name is Julia, I am 25. Korean born, Kazakh raised, I studied in the UK and since November last year I am based in Berlin.The history of my family spreads across the Northern hemisphere… Long story short, I am a descendant of Korean migrants originating from the Jeju...
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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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The concept of nation state needs an overhaul

There are certain realities in the world we just have to deal with. I don’t think there is any viable alternative to having pluralist diverse societies. ‘Multiculturalism’ is just a word, a word we place too much importance on. There is a heated debate in Germany on whether German society...
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Diversity has made me to the person I am

On my last birthday I received good wishes from Italy, Spain and Ireland. On the very same evening my friends who are from many different countries and cultures, who speak many different languages came over to visit. Friends from France, Finland, Poland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan and Estonia were there that...
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I really enjoy studying “free of charge”

Hello. My name is Iryna and I am from Ukraine, from Kiev to be exact. I have been living in Berlin since almost two years. I am an international student at the HU Berlin and I am majoring in computer sciences… hopefully in one year I’ll finish it. Why Germany? Actually, 5...
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I no longer believe in a multicultural society

I no longer believe in a peaceful, multicultural society in Germany … And I am not being racist or xenophobic.  I came to a conclusion that in some cases different cultures can’t live together…  It’s not only the fault of the people from different cultures, the fault is mainly of politicians and our governments…
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We are outspoken

People should be open to new experiences, make the best out of life, go explore new countries, learn new languages… But it is also important to be open towards other cultures and people that come to your home country. It is important to put yourself in somebody’s shoes and to...
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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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Right to live and think

My name is Mare. I’m from Estonia and I moved abroad about four years ago. If I think back, I even didn’t know then why I had to move – I just felt that it’s time to go. Don’t get me wrong: I do love my country and it will...
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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...