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MY LIFE IN GERMANY

New laws and regulations in Germany from August 2017

A more favourable health insurance is now possible for many retirees who did not work for a period of time because they were raising their children and were insured through their spouses. Moreover, no more child marriages, stricter hygiene regulations, clearer energy labels etc. Changed health insurance for retirees A condition for an often more cost-effective compulsory insurance in the …

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Let’s imbibe German values, advises Nana Kwaku Kwatei as he talks about his life since arriving 33 years ago

Hamburg-based retiree (69) talks about his 33-year sojourn in Germany and the important lessons immigrants can learn from society.I came to Germany in January 1984 to seek political asylum. Before coming to this country, I knew Germany was one of the democratic Western countries, highly industrialised and noted for its cars – Mercedes Benz, VW, etc. and  machines. It seemed …

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“Much has been done to see that foreigners are integrated,” Diana Mouzales-Napp on how she was supported to become self-employed in Germany

My father is Greek and my mother is Ghanaian. I came to Germany in the late 1990s to learn the German language and be a bilingual secretary. And Cupid’s arrow pierced my heart.The Germans are a down-to-earth people and I was fascinated by their difficult language. It was not an easy road considering the language barrier when I first came. …

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“My general advice to Africans is to aim higher than doing odd jobs,” says Ibironke Ola-Oni (42) on being successful in Germany

I am the daughter of the well-known Nigerian human rights activist Comrade Oladipo Ola-Oni. My family originated from Ibadan, Nigeria, and I have been living in Germany since 1992.In Nigeria I was motivated by the way my best friend spoke the German language. It fascinated me. I developed so much affection for it that my dad applied for me to …

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“Life in Germany has instilled in me the precious virtue of punctuality,” says Lilly Meme, Medical doctor

I am a 31-year-old Kenyan. I left my home country more than twelve years ago, six months after I completed my secondary education. My initial reason for coming to Germany was my interest in the German language. Since I had already learnt it for four years in my secondary school, I wanted to further my skills before I embarked on …

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“I quickly learnt that you need the German language and education to achieve your goal,” says Lanre Mabinuori (49) as he talks about successfully living in Germany

Originally from Nigeria, I am now German and have lived in Germany since 1989. I’m happily married to a German woman and we have four children.I quickly learnt that you need the German language and education in this country to achieve your goal. For this reason, I first learnt the language and obtained technical education training. I’m a mechatronics technician …

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“There is only one person between you and your goal,” Lance Corporal Paulo-Flavio Domingos talks about his life as a soldier in Germany

I was born in Luanda, Angola. I came to Germany in 1992 from Angola with my parents. Of course, as I was only six at that time I didn’t know what to expect here and didn’t think much about it.It was not easy for me when I started school as I didn’t speak a word of German. However, I received …

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Interview: The story of Dr Adebisi Laja’s life in Europe since arriving in June 1954 in the words of the Germany-based Nigerian-born medical doctor

Adebisi Laja, born in 1932, first arrived in Europe in June 1954, when he disembarked a ship that took him from his native Lagos to Liverpool. In October 1958, he moved to Germany to study medicine. The old, but still very energetic man, talks about life in Europe and Germany then and now; he reveals how he deals with the …

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My Life in Germany, our new online Series

The recorded presence of Africans in the territory of today’s Germany can be traced back to the 13th century, when it was fashionable for royal as well as other wealthy households to keep Africans as court servants. Later waves of Africans from Germany’s colonies – Togo, Cameroon, Southwest Africa (now Namibia) and Tanzania – came between the late 1890s and the …

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“I have no good words for German society,” Mbolo Yufanyi Movuh

Mbolo Yufanyi Movuh is a refugee rights activist and student (42) based in Berlin.“Originally my ancestors migrated from the area of Africa now called the Democratic Republic of Congo. But my parents and grandparents were born in a West African region, although some call it Central Africa, the present-day southern part of the Cameroonian regions. I was born in the …

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