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African students in Germany receive awards in Hamburg for academic excellence

The annual African Youth Education Awards (AYEA) took place on Saturday and was attended by more than 400 guests from across Germany. The event, which showcases the success of young people with African background in their educational endeavours, was attended by, among other dignitaries, the Mayor of Hamburg-Mitte, Falko Drossmann, and the ambassadors of Ghana and Nigeria to Germany, H.E …

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Germany: Net migration drops to less than half a million in 2017

Germany’s statistics office has published new figures for net migration to the country in 2017 with some surprise findings. The figures show more Germans are returning to the country and staying put. In 2017, net migration to Germany dropped by around one-fifth year-on-year to about 416,000, the Federal Office for Statistics (Destatis) said on Monday. The agency noted that net …

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Massive protest against racism and right-wing politics in Berlin

Thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday against racism, xenophobia and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in one of the country’s biggest rallies of recent years. Organisers put the turnout at 242,000 people, who came from across Germany. The demonstration followed neo-Nazi anti-immigration protests in several eastern cities during the summer. The protests, organised by a broad alliance of associations, …

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Russian police probe mysterious death of Nigerian in night club

A Nigerian-born man, who became a local celebrity in a small Russian steel-casting city after marrying a local woman and moving in, has died under murky circumstances, the Russian news organisation Russia Today has reported. Gabriel Segun Ajayi, 32, was reported dead by the local authorities on Monday (15 October), triggering a police investigation. His wife Natalia, 50, said her …

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Vincent Kompany’s father elected as first Black mayor in Belgium

Pierre Kompany, father of the Belgian national footballer Vincent Kompany, has been elected mayor of Ganshoren, a commune in the north-west of Brussels. The father of Vincent Kompany, the captain of Manchester City and a star of the Belgian national football team, has been elected as Belgium’s first first sub-Saharan-born mayor, in what has been described as a “historic” moment …

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Seehofer’s CSU records historic flop at Bavarian polls

Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), recorded a disaster in regional elections on Sunday (14 October). The CSU – led by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, which has governed the wealthy German state since the Second World War, lost its absolute majority in the regional parliament, as it struggles …

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Germany: CDU/CSU, SPD slump to record lows in new opinion poll

A combined low for the ruling coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in voter support has emerged in a new survey. Her conservative sister parties CDU/CSU and coalition partner Social Democrats polled 26 and 15 percent respectively. Up to second place are the Greens. Germany’s regular Deutschlandtrend has charted eroding support for Merkel’s conservatives and especially her Social Democrat (SPD) …

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African Youth Education Awards 2018 ceremony holds in Hamburg

The youth empowerment initiative to promote educational achievement in the African community in Germany holds its annual award ceremony at the premises of the IHK in Hamburg on Saturday, 13 October 2018. The annual African Youth Education (AYE) Awards aim to motivate young people of African origin in Germany to seek excellence in school. The scheme was initiated in 2011 …

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Czech Republic, Germany and Poland have EU’s lowest unemployment

According to the latest report of the European statistical agency Eurostat, 16.7 million men and women in the 28 member countries of the EU were unemployed in August 2018. Compared with August 2017, unemployment fell by 1.9 million in the bloc. The lowest unemployment rates in August 2018 were recorded in the Czech Republic (2.5 %), Germany and Poland (both …

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Thousands march in Hamburg against racism in Germany

Anti-racism demonstrators in Hamburg called for safe migration routes and an end to right-wing extremism. The march comes after the eastern German town of Chemnitz experienced several anti-immigrant protests. Thousands of demonstrators attended a parade against racism in the northern German city of Hamburg on Saturday, police said. The “United against Racism” parade, a collaboration between more than 450 organizations …

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Angela Merkel’s CDU wins over migrant voters in Germany

Germany’s Social Democratic and Green party are haemorrhaging support from people with migratory backgrounds. The main benefactor is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc, but the anti-migrant AfD has also seen gains. David Martin reports from Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has become the most popular party among German citizens with migratory backgrounds, according to a report published on …

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Sending money online to Africa with MoneyGram has never been easier!

Whether you’re shopping, booking holidays, or doing banking, everyday transactions are progressively moving to the digital world. Nothing is faster or simpler: wherever you are, do what you need to do with just a few clicks. It’s clear this trend also applies to money transfer, as more and more people are choosing to send money online to provide financial support …

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All roads lead to Nuremberg as outstanding Africans in Germany are honoured

Members of the Black Community from across Germany and Europe will converge on the city of Nuremberg on Saturday (22 September) for the second edition of ‘Night of the African Living Legend Award & Recognition’. Organised by the African German Information Centre (AGIC) Hamburg, the event’s aim is to shine the spotlight on people of African descent in Germany and …

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Interview: How to make a short video of yourself and win a return flight ticket to Africa!

The international money transfer operator MoneyGram is calling on Africans in Germany to introduce themselves in a short video and stand a chance to win a return flight ticket to their home country. We ask Banji Akinyomi, who is the CEO of Image Planet, a modelling agency based in Lagos and active in Africa and Europe, about making a video …

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Majority of Germans view immigration positively, new study finds

Despite gloomy headlines about the asylum policy debate, a majority view life with their immigrant and non-immigrant neighbours positively. The study still noted an East-West split, as well as a divide on headscarves. People living in Germany continue to view the country’s multicultural society positively, according to a new study published by the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration …

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EU proposes abolishing seasonal clock change

The European Union announced on Friday it would recommend abolishing the twice-yearly clock change amid an unprecedented appeal from European citizens who called it disruptive and even harmful to health. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said “summer time should be year round” with his commissioners pledging to act on the move during their annual retreat to a lakeside hotel in …

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Germany is desperate for teachers, experts proffer solutions

German schools are short by nearly 40,000 in total, the teachers’ association says. One answer could be permitting people to become educators even if they didn’t begin their careers that way. Nancy Isenson reports. “We haven’t had such a dramatic lack of teachers in Germany in three decades,” Heinz-Peter Meidinger, the president of the DL teachers association, told media days …

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Renewal of Swiss residence permits to depend on integration – new law

The Swiss Federal Council has adopted new regulations that would require foreigners residing in Switzerland to meet certain criteria of good behaviour before their residence permits are renewed. The seven-member executive body adopted the new regulations on Wednesday (15 August) as part of the revision of the Act on Foreign Nationals. The new rules will enter into force in 2019. …

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Dual Citizenship granted to most Naturalized Germans

An increasing number of naturalized Germans are no longer required to renounce their original citizenship before receiving a German passport. Exceptions for EU citizens and refugees have led to more naturalized Germans holding two passports in recent years. Some nations prohibit or make it difficult for nationals to give up citizenship when becoming German. Chase Winter reports.    An increasing number …

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How to benefit from MoneyGram sponsorship in Germany

MoneyGram constantly strives to make money transfers to Africa as affordable, fast, secure and easy as possible. Not only does the world’s second largest provider of money transfers offer its customers a great service, but MoneyGram also supports the African community in Germany by sponsoring events like  the recent African Village Festival in Frankfurt. Furthermore, MoneyGram’s interest in interacting with …

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