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Winners of ‘afrika!Community Award’ 2018 receive cheques in Frankfurt

For the second year, associations, individuals and companies who sustainably support the African community in Germany or implement aid projects in Africa from Germany have been honoured by MoneyGram, the world’s second largest provider of international money transfer services. The winners of the second edition of the afrika!Community Award, sponsored by MoneyGram, were presented with cheques to support their activities …

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Send money online to any mobile wallet in Ghana and enjoy a zero transfer fee

Send money to Ghana, your way: Apart from standard transfers in cash or to a bank account, MoneyGram, the world’s second largest provider of international money transfer services, is now offering customers the opportunity to transfer money directly to any mobile wallet in Ghana. Sending Money directly to a mobile phone resolves the age-old problem of transferring money to remote …

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Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor

“I will not be seeking any political post after my tenure ends,” Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin on Monday. After 18 years, Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her decision to step down as the leader of the governing CDU. Merkel made the announcement on Monday after a meeting of the party’s leadership in Berlin. “This chancellorship is …

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Fewer people dependent on social assistance in Germany, reports statistical office

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of people dependent on social assistance dropped in 2017 and, in particular, the number of recipients under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act declined sharply. The number of people in Germany who depend on minimum social assistance (Sozialhilfe) has fallen. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Friday (20 October), …

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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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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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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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Germany: Federal Government agrees on new Immigration Law

The coalition partners in the federal government have agreed on new laws that will prioritize education, age and financial security in admitting new migrants to Germany. The laws are based on the Canadian model. Germany’s coalition government announced in the early hours of Tuesday (2 October) that they had agreed on new immigration laws after several months of back and …

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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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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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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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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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