Germany

Germany: Non-EU citizens to be allowed to immigrate for work soon — Minister

Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil has announced an imminent reform of Germany’s immigration law to address the shortage of skilled workers in the country. The shortage of skilled workers has risen to a new high in Germany, affecting 49.7 percent of companies in July, according to the ifo Institute. Germany would have to pull out all the stops to secure …

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Germany: New laws and other changes in October 2022

Like in every month, October 2022 brings some important changes for people living in Germany. For example, the minimum wage will rise to twelve euros, the value-added tax on gas will go down and new COVID-19 rules enter into force, among other new laws and regulations. Here’s an overview of what will change in the new month ———— Minimum wage …

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Germany: African Youth Education Awards marks 10th anniversary

The African Youth Education (AYE) Awards holds its annual award ceremony at the premises of the IHK in Hamburg on Saturday, 22 October 2022. The youth empowerment initiative, which promotes educational achievement in the African community in Germany, marks its 10th anniversary this year. The scheme was initiated in 2011 to act against the observed low educational attainment level of …

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Court approves withdrawal of German passport of naturalised Moroccan

A naturalised supporter of the terror organisation IS can have his German passport revoked if he already was involved in behaviour that is against the free, democratic order of Germany when he was naturalised. This was the decision of a Higher Administrative Court. The court thus approved the decision of the district of Euskirchen to revoke the naturalisation of a …

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More foreign vocational qualifications recognised in Germany

The number of vocational qualifications acquired abroad and recognised in Germany continued to rise in 2021, according to the latest official statistics. Most of the positive decisions were for medical professions and degrees – More foreign professional qualifications were recognised in Germany last year. This was particularly the case in the medical professions, as the Federal Statistical Office reported in …

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Germany: Minister admits possible mistakes in fatal police shooting of African teenager

The Minister of the Interior of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Herbert Reul, has admitted a possible misconduct of the police officers involved in the fatal police shooting of Mohamed Lamin Dramé, the 16-year-old refugee from Senegal who was killed by a policeman on 8 August in Dortmund. On the fateful day, the police had been invited by …

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Germany: Nigerian embassy warns against paying for appointments, sets up complaints unit

The Nigerian Embassy in Germany has issued a statement calling on those looking for appointment for passport issuance to desist from patronising touts. In the statement, published on its website, the embassy appealed to Nigerians to report anybody seeking payment from them for the purpose of helping them get appointments. “It has come to the attention of the Embassy that …

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Germany: New laws and other changes in September 2022

Some pandemic-related special regulations expire in September while people in paid employment can look forward to receiving the flat-rate energy allowance. Other changes affect e-prescriptions, food ordered online, the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses required for the ‘fully vaccinated status’ and refugees from Ukraine, among others •••• Corona protection measures expire, new ones are coming The Corona protection measures in …

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Germany: Non-Ukrainian refugees from Ukraine fear for their residence status

Among those who have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the war in February are around 300,000 third-country nationals – persons who are neither from Ukraine nor the EU, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Many of these are seeking refuge in Germany and now face uncertainty as a transitional regulation of their residency ends on 31 August …

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Peter Obi in Frankfurt, expresses strong belief in Nigerians living abroad

Nigerians in Germany convened in Frankfurt on Friday for an Interactive session with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi. Joe Mmeh reports on the event —– In what could be described as a town hall meeting with Nigerians in Germany, Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, made a speech after which he took questions from a cross-section of …

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Peter Obi in Germany to speak with Nigerians

Leading Nigerian politician and presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, will speak to his countrymen and women in Germany on Friday 26 August in Frankfurt am Main. The businessman turned politician will give a lecture on ‘The Role of Nigerians in Diaspora in Transformation of Nigeria’ at the event, christened ‘Nigerians in Germany Welcome …

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Germany: Registration opens for African Youth Education Awards 2022

Registration for participation in the African Youth Education Awards (AYEA) 2022 has been flagged off by its organisers. Every year, young people who have excelled in their educational and training careers are honoured with AYEA at a colourful ceremony in Hamburg. AYEA, an initiative to promote higher educational achievements among youth in African-origin communities in Germany, started in 2010. The …

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Germany: Young Senegalese shot by police buried in Senegal

Mohamed Lamin Dramé, the 16-year-old refugee from Senegal who was shot dead by a policeman on 8 August in Dortmund, has been buried in his home country. The story of broken dream of a young African refugee Mohamed Lamin Dramé. The story of broken dream of a young African refugee/Photo: Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana —– Repatriation of the mortal remainThe death of …

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Family man to be deported after 35 years in Germany for violating residence permit rules

The threatened deportation of a 3-person Vietnamese family is causing protest as the man has lived in Germany since 1987 A Vietnamese man, who has been living in Germany for 35 years, is to be deported together with his wife and five-year-old daughter. The case is causing outrage in the eastern German state of Saxony. Here’s the unusual story: The …

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EU parliamentarian speaks out on Senegalese youth killed by police in Dortmund

A 16-year-old refugee from Senegal was shot dead by the police in the western German city of Dortmund on 8 August. Mohamed Lamine Dramé, an unaccompanied minor was being catered for in a youth residential group. Days before his death, he had sought in-patient treatment due to psychological problems. On 8 August, a guardian called the police after Mouhamed had …

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Germany: Black community to march over police killing of Senegalese boy

A protest march will be held by the Black community in Cologne on Saturday (20 August) to express its anger at the police killing of Mohamed Lamin Dramé. The 16-year-old refugee from Senegal was shot dead by a policeman on 8 August in Dortmund during an operation. According to the protest organisers – Sonnenblumen Community Development Group e.V., N-Wort Stoppen, …

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