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Germany’s migrants continue to be at a disadvantage, report reveals

A recent report by the German Federal Statistical Office has found that people with a migration background differ markedly from those without a migration background in key areas, such as education, employment and income, reports Chloe Lyneham/DW. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), which conducts regular reporting on integration, has found that the differences between persons with and without a migration …

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Germans to collect unemployment benefits at supermarket checkouts

The new system will allow those entitled to benefits to directly collect cash at tills, rather than using distributors at job centres, reports Emma Beswick. Germany’s unemployed will soon be able to collect benefits at checkouts in certain supermarkets and chemists as part of a government bid to cut costs, according to newspaper WELT AM SONNTAG. Set to kick off …

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German police arrest Nigerians for smuggling in women and forcing them into prostitution

Police have detained six Nigerian in Ruhrgebiet who they allege have smuggled women into the country and forced them into prostitution. The police in the West German city of Oberhausen have arrested a couple from Nigeria who they alleged have smuggled women from Nigeria into the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) in order to force them into prostitution. Also four more suspects …

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Let’s make Nigerian Community Germany stronger – president

One of the recipients of the MoneyGram-sponsored “Afrika! Community Award 2017”** is the Nigerian Community Germany e.V. (NGC), the umbrella body of Nigerian organisations in the country. Nigerians are found in various social stations across Germany and are organised in different forms – ethnic, religious, professional, political and socio-cultural. There’re no definite figures of the current number of Nigerians in the …

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Italian neo-Nazis rally against new citizenship law

Thousands marched in Rome to protest against the government’s proposal to reform citizenship procedures for descendants of immigrants living in Italy. In Italy, thousands of people attended a far-right rally in Rome on Wednesday over a new law that could grant citizenship to children of immigrants. Under the bill called “right of the soil” (lus soli), children under 12 who’ve …

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Germany must allow third gender in registry of births, Supreme Court rules

Germany’s highest court has ruled that the state must create an option for a gender that is not male or female in the nation’s birth register and certificates. The move makes Germany the first EU state that allows for parents to designate their children as intersex. “The assignment of gender is of paramount importance for individual identity,” said Germany’s Federal …

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Catalonia separatist leader turns himself in to Belgian police

The Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont and four associates have turned themselves into Belgian police. It follows an international arrest warrant issued by spain for sedition, rebellion, misuse of public funds and breach of trust in relation to Catalonia’s independence campaign. A spokesman for the prosecutor, Gilles Dejemeppe said the five handed themselves in to the authorities at the main police …

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Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders, declares Puigdemont wanted

The Catalan crisis took a new judicial and international turn on Thursday (2 November) when eight former regional ministers were jailed. The Spanish general prosecutor also issued an international arrest warrant and an EU arrest warrant against ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is charged with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement over last week’s declaration of independence of the region. Puigdement risks …

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German court jails Somali for fighting alongside Al-Shabaab

A Frankfurt court has sentenced two men to jail in separate cases for joining Islamist fighters in Somalia and Syria. A Somali-born German national, identified only as 29-year-old Abshir A., was found guilty of membership of a foreign terrorist group for fighting alongside Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants. The court in the western German city on Friday (27 October) handed him a …

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African Ahmadiyya Muslims hold peace conference in London

The Pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (PAAMA) UK hosted its first ever Africa Peace Symposium on Saturday 21 October at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London under the guidance and tutelage of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Worldwide Spiritual and Administrative Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The event which had Unity in Diversity as its theme and was …

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Pope Francis decries low birth rates in Europe

Europe is suffering from “dramatic sterility,” the pope has said, urging Christians to preserve their moral values and “revitalize” a continent that is increasingly being characterised by a plurality of cultures and religions. Pope Francis on Saturday decried low birth rates in Europe and urged more help for young people preparing their future path in society. “A Europe that rediscovers …

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Spain: Deposed Catalan leader calls for peaceful resistance to Madrid

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who was fired by the Spanish government over the region’s declaration of independence, has called on the people to non-violently resist Madrid’s takeover bid. In a televised address on Saturday, Puigdemont said Madrid’s decision to suspend the autonomy of the province and appoint Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria as Catalonia’s provisional head goes …

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Spain to impose direct rule in Catalonia

Pro-independence government chief of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, says the region won’t accept Madrid’s moves to impose direct rule. “The institutions and the people of Catalonia cannot accept this attack,” he said in an official statement following Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s announcement that he plans to curb the powers of the Catalonia’s parliament, sack its government and call an election …

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African Youth Education Awards 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, 21 October 2017. 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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Spanish leader opens small window for talks on Catalan independence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy opened up to a possible reform of Spain’s regional system on Wednesday (11 October), while threatening to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if the region’s leaders confirmed Wednesday’s declaration of independence. After an emergency cabinet meeting in the morning, Rajoy gave the Catalan government five days to “confirm whether or not it has declared independence.” On Tuesday …

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Catalan leader postpones independence declaration

In a much awaited speech nine days after the 1 October independence referendum, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said that the region “has won the right to be independent”, but stopped short of unilaterally declaring secession from Spain in a plea for dialogue. “The ballot boxes, the only language we understand, say yes to independence. And this is the route …

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Defenders of Spain’s unity fight back

Hundreds of thousands demonstrated over the weekend in Spain against Catalonia’s independence and for a dialogue between Madrid and Barcelona, while pressure is mounting on Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont not to declare independence on Tuesday (10 October). Between 350,000 and 900,000 people – according to diverging figures from organisers and Catalan authorities – took to the streets of Barcelona on …

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Spain: Catalonia to declare independence in a few days

Catalonia’s leader, Carles Puigdemont, said Tuesday (3 October) that the region will soon declare independence, while the Spanish King accused Catalan leaders of breaking up the country. The region will declare independence 48 hours after all the official results are counted, Puigdemont told the BBC in an interview, adding that this will happen “over the weekend or the beginning of …

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Showdown in Spain! Catalonia’s separatists claim victory after violent day

Despite Spanish government’s efforts to stop the referendum, Catalans overwhelmingly voted for an independent homeland on Sunday. The conflict between Madrid and Barcelona has now reached a decisive stage, report Helena Spongenberg and Eric Maurice. Catalan separatist leaders will press ahead with the region’s independence in the wake of a referendum on Sunday (1 October), which the Spanish government said …

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Germany and Cameroon shed light on shared colonial past

The two cities of Dusseldorf, Germany, and Dschang, Cameroon, are thousands of kilometres apart, but their shared colonial history connects them to this day. Jake Davies went to explore in Dusseldorf. The German city of Dusseldorf and Dschang in Cameroon are about 5000 kilometres (3,100 miles) apart, but still closely linked: their shared history dates back to 1895 – 11 …

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