LIVING IN GERMANY

Germany: Government promises massive aid for flood victims

As Germany comes to grips with the vast devastation and loss of life caused by the worst floods in decades, the government has offered more than €300 million in aid including help for infrastructure and small businesses. Speaking to newspaper Bild am Sonntag, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he would propose a package of immediate aid at a cabinet meeting …

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What you should know about the new German ID card

Very soon, digital fingerprinting will be mandatory in German ID cards. The question is: Will it make the cards more secure? Or is it an invasive threat to our freedom? Nina Werkhäuser and Esther Felden of DW examine the issue in this special report —— “It was a really creepy feeling,” says data protection activist Leena Simon, describing the moment …

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Germany: New laws and other legal changes in July 2021

Every month there are new laws and other legal changes. July 2021 is no different. Whether minimum wage increase, single-use plastic ban, compulsory measles vaccination or digital Covid-19 vaccination card: We have all the relevant changes at a glance! ——- Statutory minimum wage increases From July 2021, the minimum wage will increase by 10 cents from 9.50 euros to 9.60 …

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Nigerian Diaspora Germany elects new leadership

The German chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has elected a new executive committee. The election was part of the body’s annual general meeting, which took place virtually on Saturday, 26 June. Femi Awoniyi was elected unopposed to lead the NIDO Germany as President for the next two years at the event. He replaced Dr RosaLyn Dressman who …

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Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Germany holds annual general meeting, elects officials

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Germany e.V. (NIDO Germany) holds its annual general meeting on Saturday, 26 June. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event, to which all members are invited to attend, takes place virtually this year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM), an important democratic practice, is a forum for an organisation to take stock of its activities and …

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RosaLyn Dressman appointed Diaspora Focal Officer in Nigeria

The President of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Germany (NIDOG), Dr RosaLyn Dressman, has been appointed the Diaspora Focal Officer (DFO) of Bayelsa State. The appointment makes Mrs Dressman the chief adviser to the state’s governor, Senator Duoye Diri, on all matters concerning the diaspora. The DFO also officially liaises between the government of Bayelsa State and indigenes of Bayelsa …

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Somali throws German city into mourning

The quite city of Würzburg was thrown into mourning on Friday a Somali man indiscriminately attacked pedestrians and shoppers in the city centre with a knife on the afternoon of the fateful day. Before the 24-year-old assailant was finally stopped by the police, he had killed three women and injured seven others, some of them seriously. The officers had finally …

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Oury Jalloh film wins German podcast award

A TV production about the death of the African Oury Jalloh in a Dessau police cell over 17 years ago has been awarded the German Podcast Prize 2021 for “Best Journalistic Performance”. The production, by the public broadcaster WDR and entitled Oury Jalloh und die Toten des Polizeireviers Dessau (“Oury Jalloh and the dead of the Dessau police station”), received …

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German Greens confirm Annalena Baerbock as chancellor candidate

If the Greens emerge top party at Germany’s September election, their chancellery candidate Annalena Baerbock would succeed conservative Angela Merkel. The German Greens party confirmed Annalena Baerbock as its chancellor candidate for the September election, during a party conference on Saturday. Accepting her 98.5% confirmation, Baerbock forecast a “duel” with Germany’s CDU-CSU conservatives, led by Angela Merkel, herself once environment …

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Kenyan Women in Germany parley with Ambassador Amolo

June 6, 2021 is a day that will leave a mark in the minds of members of the Kenyan community in Germany. Adorned in their ‘Sunday best’, traditional attires, one by one, they logged into the long-awaited online event to meet and greet their new Kenyan ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Thomas Boniface Amolo. The event, organised by Kenyan Women …

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Berlin Global Village opens

The opening of the newly-built German capital’s one-world centre (Eine-Welt-Zentrum), the Berlin Global Village, was celebrated on Friday. The aim of the Berlin Global Village, whose construction was flagged off just about a year ago, is to provide working and meeting spaces for around 50 development and migrant-diasporic non-governmental organisations. The Berlin Global Village, whose construction was flagged off just …

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German nun fined for granting church asylum to Nigerian women

A German court has charged a nun €500 for assisting Nigerian women threatened with deportation from Germany. The two women reportedly fled from forced prostitution in Italy. Different groups criticized the court order and called for a decriminalization of church asylum. Benjamin Bathke reports Juliana Seelmann, a 38-year-old nun who lives and works in the Franciscan abbey of Oberzell in …

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Germany: Analysis of mobile phone data of asylum-seekers illegal — Court rules

The analysis of refugees’ mobile phone data to ascertain their identity violates their fundamental rights. This was the decision of the Berlin Administrative Court while ruling in the case of a 44-year-old Afghan woman. The verdict puts a question mark on the controversial practice to which the authorities sometimes resort to establish the true identity of asylum-seekers —- The controversial …

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Nigerian community in Germany mourns member killed while visiting home country

The Nigerian community is in shock over the gruesome, cold-blooded killing of Hamburg-based Oguchi Unachukwu while visiting his home country. According to Nigerian press reports and the accounts of his relations in Nigeria, Mr Unachukwu was shot by a soldier in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday. The Nigerian, who was on his way to the Owerri airport to catch his …

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Germany: Why the number of naturalisations dropped sharply in 2020

The number of naturalisations in Germany declined significantly last year. Around 109,900 foreigners took German citizenship in 2020, as the Federal Statistical Office announced in Wiesbaden recently. That is a decline of 19,000 cases (minus 19 per cent). The decline is to a large extent due to the reduced naturalisation of Britons. At the same time, the number of Syrians …

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Germany: New laws and other legal changes in June 2021

Every month there are new laws and other legal changes. June 2021 is no different. Whether it’s about the coronavirus vaccination, VAT increase, government subsidies for businesses and self-employed persons, the digital vaccination certificate, your Microsoft account or even travelling with the ICE, we have all the important changes for you here: Prioritisation for vaccinationFrom 7 June, there will no …

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Germany: Mentoring scheme for aspiring African entrepreneurs takes off

It has been observed that Africans are less likely to start their own businesses compared to other diaspora communities, such as Asians. A new initiative wants to change the situation by mentoring aspiring African entrepreneurs in Germany, providing them not only knowledge and skills training but also networking opportunities Deutsch Connect, a German-based Afrocentric startup that links African businesses to …

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Racist police violence also a problem in Germany – Tahir Della

One year after the police killing of George Floyd, sparking worldwide protests against racist violence, the spokesman of the Initiative Black People in Germany accuses German authorities and politicians of neglecting racist police violence in the country. Speaking in an interview on Deutschlandfunk radio on Tuesday, Tahir Della complaint about the concealment of racist police violence in Germany. Police violence …

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Germany: Commission recommends measures to mitigate irregular migration

The commission set up by the federal government to look into the causes of flight and irregular migration has presented its report, recommending 15 key measures for the effective mitigation of these causes. —– An Expert Commission on the Causes of Flight appointed by the Federal Government in July 2019 has called for a more comprehensive political approach to combating …

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German police have become more diverse — new report

For the fourth time the MEDIENDIENST INTEGRATION conducted a research on diversity in the German police forces. Over the past years an increasing number of young people with an immigration background joined the police – partly due to successful recruitment-campaigns. By Fabio Ghelli Among the 46.500 employees of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) only 1,600 declare to have an immigration …

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