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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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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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Multiculturalism lessens conflicts

Multiculturalism, in my opinion, lessens conflicts because now  after having lived in different countries, I can see that the person that seemed so strange and so different in the past, is actually not different from me at all. The average citizen in any part of the world is just doing the...
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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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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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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 takes two to tango

Has multiculturalism failed in Germany? To a certain degree. Immigrants from European countries have no problems fitting in, in my opinion. There are, however, many people, often with muslim background, who live her since ages, but are not able to speak a word of German and are not willing to integrate....
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It does not work

Has multicultural society failed in Germany? Yes and it is OK so. Germany is already overcrowded and many immigrants refuse to integrate and accept our values!!! They also cost a lot of money for the social system here…  Sometimes it just does not work…  
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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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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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How integrated I am? In my opinion or others?

Everybody seems to be questioning others’ integration these days, while we all do it on a daily basis. It’s an ever-lasting process. And I believe it’s a natural instinct and a key factor to survive life joyfully. I am Muslim and Jordanian with a Syrian heritage, who studied and worked...
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Ilana on the Road

I am a travel blogger and writer, based in Berlin. I am regularly writing for my two travel blogs, Ilana on the Road about my travel adventures and Foreigner in Berlin covering exclusively tips and stories from Berlin. I started to travel at a very young age, and especially since...
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Citizen of the World

My name is Simona Luddeni and I come from Aosta Valley – a small but very nice region in the North of Italy. My parents are actually from Calabria, and I was born in Aosta, but in reality, I have never felt to belong to anything except myself! “Citizen of...
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The Taxi Driver

Had I hopped into Orhan’s taxi en route to the airport, I likely would’ve assumed he was Turkish and left it at that. He might have asked me where I was flying to and I might have commented on the weather. He would’ve pulled my suitcase out of the trunk...
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Time to celebrate!

Exactly one year ago, on the 9th of October 2013, Multicoolty was created! This week will be dedicated to our very first anniversary: You’ll have the chance to take a sneak peek behind the scenes and we’ll reveal our stories of meeting the multicoolties out there. Happy Birthday and enjoy! 😉
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An incredibly multicultural country

My name is Ginger Kern and I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city on the coast of beautiful Lake Michigan. My Midwestern childhood was safe and comfortable, but after a wonderful, eye-opening trip to Europe when I was 14, I made up my mind that I was going to live...
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