Germany

Refugees as labour or scapegoats?

Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP comments on the ongoing debate across Europe about migrants, which she argues, ignores the benefits that refugees can bring to the labour market and fuels racist sentiments against Africans, among others —- The tone that was struck in the run-up to the migration summit and can still be heard from many quarters is very worrying. A …

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TANG to celebrate 10th anniversary with grand ceremony in Berlin

All roads lead to Berlin on Saturday 2 December when the biggest umbrella body of African associations in Germany celebrates its 10th anniversary. “This event is a special opportunity for The African Network of Germany (TANG), comprising more than 900 non-profit groups and individuals, to celebrate its successes and share its vision for the future,” the organisation said. The day …

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Extent of Racism in Germany exposed in new survey

Black, Asian and Muslim people reveal the extent of discrimination they experience in Germany on a daily basis in a new national discrimination monitor. Marcel Fürstenau/DW reports Disparaging looks or insults are daily occurrences in Germany for people with dark skin, Muslim women who wear a headscarf and people who speak German badly or not at all. Discrimination in Germany …

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German president apologizes for colonial crimes in Tanzania

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked for forgiveness for the crimes committed by the military during Germany’s colonial rule of Tanzania. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday sought forgiveness for crimes committed during the country’s colonial rule in Tanzania. “I would like to ask for forgiveness for what Germans did to your ancestors here,” Steinmeier said during a visit to …

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Germany: New Laws and Other Changes in November 2023

November 2023 brings some important changes not only for people living in Germany but also those aspiring to come and work in the country. Among other things, it will now be much easier for skilled workers to immigrate to Germany. Is your car insurance renewing on 1 January 2024? We have news for you! Also, we inform about this year’s …

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German Chancellor Scholz visits Nigeria, Ghana

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is visiting Africa for three days; first Nigeria, then Ghana. Scholz arrives Abuja on Sunday for a two-day working visit to Africa’s most populous country. While in Nigeria, the German leader will hold meetings with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ECOWAS Commission President, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, according to his itinerary published by the German Embassy …

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German government approves plan for faster deportations of asylum-seekers

The Federal Government has today approved a draft law aimed at faster repatriation of migrants who are obliged to leave the country. “Only if it can be ensured that those who are subject to an enforceable obligation to leave our country actually do leave, does Germany have the possibility to continue to admit those people who need our protection,” reads …

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Germany to deport rejected asylum-seekers on “a grand scale”, Chancellor Scholz announces

Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to deport more rejected asylum-seekers. He made his intention public in an interview with the current issue of the weekly magazine SPIEGEL as his government has come under mounting pressure to tackle irregular migration. In the interview with the weekly, the chancellor calls for tougher action against irregular migration. “We must finally deport on a grand …

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Germany: New awards for Black youth educational achievers

The African community will gather in Hamburg on 4 November to honour youths of African descent who have excelled in their educational and training pursuits in the past year. The event, the 11th African Youth Education Awards (AYEA), will be graced by diplomats, German politicians, Hamburg officials and other guests. Initiated thirteen years ago to act against the observed low …

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Germany: Nigerian jumps to his death to avoid deportation

A rejected Nigerian asylum-seeker about to be deported has died after jumping out of the window in Hainichen, near Chemnitz, in the eastern German state of Saxony, several newspapers have reported. The 33-year-old man was to be deported to the Netherlands, where he ostensibly first lodged his asylum application in the EU. The police wanted to pick him up on …

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German jailed over death of African, 32 years after

Samuel Kofi Yeboah died in an arson attack on a hostel for asylum-seekers in September 1991. Thirty-two years after the tragic event in Saarlouis, a 50-year-old German national, identified as Peter S., was convicted on Monday for setting the house on fire and was thus responsible for the death of the Ghanaian man. The culprit, a former neo-Nazi thug who …

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German-Nigerian trade volume hits new record

The bilateral trade between Germany and Nigeria hit the €3 billion mark in 2022, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Annett Günther, has announced. This is against €2 billion recorded in 2021. The envoy, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said Germany remains Nigeria’s second biggest partner behind the United States. ”Germany contributed a total trade volume …

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Book: Confronting the harsh realities of discrimination in Germany

Elizabeth Horlemann lost her husband in 2021, in extremely painful and degrading situations. The tragic event motivated her to write a book about her experiences during a most traumatic period. Here’s a review of Not Now Please: Living with Racism, Ableism, and Grief , a transformative memoir that challenges the status quo in Germany——Elizabeth Horlemann’s latest work, Not Now Please: …

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Germany: New Laws and other Changes in October 2023

Like almost every month, October 2023 brings some important changes for people living in Germany. Among other things, state elections will be held in Bavaria and Hesse, Deutsche Bahn to introduce new rules for selling discounted tickets and there are deadlines to submit final accounting report of the Corona Aid and to apply for heating cost subsidy. More on these …

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Germany: Nominate your heroes for TANG Awards!

The biggest umbrella body of African associations in Germany is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The African Network of Germany (TANG), comprising more than 900 non-profit groups and individuals, is not rolling out the drums only for its accomplishments to mark the event. It also wants to use the milestone to recognise people who are doing great things for the benefit …

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Anastasia Fechner: Using positive words to change our worlds

Anastasia Fechner is the founder of Love Place International Ministries e.V. Germany, an evangelical Christian Charismatic Movement, whose core mission is “to replicate Christ’s love and principles to the nations of the world, making disciples of all nations”. Anastasia Fechner is an inspiration coach who fervently believes that equipped with the power in scriptural knowledge, everyone is capable of realising …

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German Chancellor to visit Nigeria

The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Nigeria in October to further strengthen economic ties between both nations, Nigerian presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, has announced. Ngelale explained that the visit was agreed on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in New Delhi, India, where President Bola Tinubu and the German leader met. “Thank you for this important discussion, Mr. President. …

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EU: Half a million asylum applications in six months

A total of 519,000 asylum applications were filed in European countries in the first half of this year, marking an increase of 28 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest report of the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA). “As a result of the increase, many EU+ countries* are under pressure with processing applications …

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Germany: Migrants’ share of this city’s population rises to 40%

The urban landscape in Germany is changing as the number of people with foreign origin increases. A new report published by the Statistics Office North shows that the proportion of Hamburg residents with an immigrant background rose to 39.3 percent as of 31 December 2022. Compared to the previous year, the share of migrants increased by almost two percentage points. …

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