Germany

German government approves reform of citizenship law

The governing federal coalition has passed a bill to reform Germany’s citizenship law. The bill, which was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, provides for the simplification of naturalisation. On the other hand, the government wants to make it more difficult for persons who cannot support themselves or who have already committed criminal offences in Germany to naturalise. Among the …

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Germany: Project supports African migrants in Berlin

A project to support recent migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers from Africa as well as Africans displaced by the war from Ukraine, has launched in Berlin. Implemented by GAIDI, a non-profit social organisation, YANA Berlin (for You are not alone in Berlin) assists the African migrants by providing them important information that facilitates their integration into society. The project, …

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Germany: New laws and other changes in August 2023

Like almost every month, August 2023 also brings some important changes for people living in Germany. In addition to new laws, there will be a number of changes will come into force. These include an increase in the minimum wage in the cash-in-transit industry, the introduction of an innovative apprenticeship and the deadline for filing the 2021 tax return. Here …

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Journalist honoured for supporting African migrants in Berlin

The Berlin-based Gambian journalist and activist Nyima Jadama has been honoured for her engagement against racism and for the empowerment of African migrants. She received this year’s Silvio-Meier-Preis (Silvio Meier Prize), awarded by the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg to people who work against racism and discrimination, on Thursday (13 July) at a ceremony in the federal capital city. Ms Jadama, …

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How best to start a home care business in Germany — Interview with Gosab CEO

In an exclusive interview with The African Courier, Godfrey Chukwuemeka Evurulobi, CEO of Gosab Care GmbH, explains the opportunities for self-employment in the care sector in Germany for Africans and how you can easily get started in the business. The Nigerian-born entrepreneur runs three companies – Gosab Personalmanagement und Consulting, Gosab Care GmbH and Gosabflex GmbH, from Cologne with branches …

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Join the African-German Doctoral Summer School 2023!

ANNOUNCEMENT Join us for the 1st African-German Doctoral Summer School from 4th September – 9th September 2023 in Hamburg! The interdisciplinary Doctoral Summer School aims to facilitate academic and social exchange that supports participants’ current research, enhances their sociocultural integration and prepares them for further careers. Who can apply?Doctoral candidates, students and early-stage post-docs with an African or migration background …

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3rd Conference of African PhDs in Germany holds in September/Register Now!

The 3rd edition of the Conference of African PhDs in Germany (#CAPiG) will take place from 4 to 9 September 2023. This year’s Conference will be held as a hybrid event – with an online component (4 – 7 September 2023) complementing the face-to-face meeting in Hamburg, Germany (9 September 2023) . CAPiG was conceived to bring together African intellectuals …

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Zenaga Foundation wins German sustainability prize for project in Nigeria, Senegal

The German Award for Sustainability Projects 2023 was presented recently at a colourful ceremony in Berlin. The annual award promotes a greater awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations in the social, economic and environmental fields as well as efforts to attain the goals. This year again, big and small companies and non-governmental organisations were …

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Event: Fostering the Integration of Africans in Cologne

ANNOUNCEMENT Diversity in Focus – Fostering the Integration of the African Diaspora in Cologne Dear African Professionals in Germany members and future members, We are thrilled to invite you to an exciting event titled “Diversity in Focus – Fostering the Integration of the African Diaspora in Cologne”, an event organized in conjunction with the city of Cologne. Join us for …

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Germany: New laws and other changes in July 2023

Like almost every month, July 2023 also brings some important changes for people living in Germany. This is because new laws and regulations will come into force which may have an impact on your everyday life. Here are the major changes that will enter into effect in the new month: —— Abolition of the Maestro function on giro cards From …

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Berlin holds business start-up seminar for residents with migrant background

ANNOUNCEMENT The extraordinary seminar programme offered by the State of Berlin on the topic of start-ups and self-employment for people with a migration background interested in starting a business begins a new round in July! For the past 21 years, the state of Berlin has been strengthening cultural diversity of Berlin’s start-ups and has been running the seminar series “Vielfalt gründet” (formerly: …

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Germany: Every third inhabitant of Hesse has an immigration history

Almost one third of the Hessian population has an immigration history, according to the State Statistical Office in Wiesbaden. In 2022, 1.97 million inhabitants of Hesse, one of Germany’s 16 federal states, accounting for 31.3 per cent of all inhabitants have a migration background. As of 31 December 2022, 6.39 million people lived in the state, the largest population since …

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German parliament passes law to make immigration of skilled workers easier

Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag, has passed a bill to reform the Skilled Workers Immigration Act into law. The MPs of the federal governing coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP voted almost unanimously in favour of the draft law on Friday. The opposition parties, the CDU/CSU and the far-right AfD, voted against the bill while the left-leaning Linke abstained. The …

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NIDO Germany Elects New Leaders

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, 17 June. Dr (Engr) Moses Kolade Ogun was elected with 83% of the votes cast to lead NIDO Germany as President for the next two years. He replaced …

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NIDO Germany holds 2023 AGM virtually

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Germany e.V. will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) virtually on 17 June in Berlin. The event will also feature the election of a new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the group, which is the umbrella body for Nigerians living in Germany, for the next two years. Originally planned as a hybrid …

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Germany: Minister wants to recruit skilled workers from developing countries

As a measure against the shortage of skilled workers in Germany, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze (SPD) wants to focus more on immigration. “In the search for skilled workers, we should pay more attention to developing countries,” Schulze told the Funke Mediengruppe. Many of these countries face the challenge of creating enough jobs for their young, …

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Germany: Number of naturalisations reaches new record in 2022

Around 168,500 people were granted German citizenship in 2022 – an increase of 28 percent compared to the previous year, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden has reported. It’s the highest number of people who applied for and were granted German nationality in a single year in the past two decades. Syrian nationals accounted for the largest share of naturalisations …

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