Migration politics

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Recognition of qualifications – Orientation in the bureaucratic jungle

Will a foreign electrician’s qualifications be recognized in Germany? Can a doctor from Ghana work in a German hospital? The answers can be found in an official recognition notice.More ...
Johannes Ebert at the Cultural Heritage Summit. | Photo: Dirk Dehmel / DNK

Cultural Heritage Summit – Where society becomes community

During the Cultural Heritage Summit in Berlin, European experts exchanged views on cultural heritage. During the main event, Johannes Ebert, the Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut, spoke about the importance of projects for young people and the opportunities and challenges of immigration and integration.More ...
The “Strengthening Structures” workshop at the Goethe-Institut Cairo; photo: Roger Anis, Goethe-Institut Cairo

Goethe-Institut education initiatives in the MENA region – Getting behind civil society

News from the Middle East and North Africa often conveys the image of a troubled region characterised by political and economic volatility. But there are many more facets to life in this region than this image suggests, as shown by the projects the Goethe-Institut is running in the region.More ...
Jasleen Kaur and eleven other international artists imagined what Europe might look like 2,000 years from now. | Photo: Jenny Lewis

Collecting Europe – On the streets, the confidence is fading

London war immer eine weltoffene Stadt. Heute schotten mehr und mehr Briten sich ab. Von einem grenzenlosen Europa und Vielfalt wird fast nur noch im Museum geträumt.More ...
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“Once Again Borders Are Becoming More Important” – An Interview with the Political Scientist Wilfried von Bredow

All over the world more and more borders are being erected. What are the reasons behind this development and how has the meaning of borders changed in light of globalisation?More ...
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Refugees, welcome to my flat share

“Refugees, Welcome” is the name of an initiative that places refugees in flat shares or private accommodations in Germany and Austria.More ...
Refugees demonstrate in the Oranienplatz in Berlin; ©Leif Hinrichsen

Refugees – No choice, but a voice

Refugees in Germany have founded numerous organizations through which they struggle to achieve recognition of their rights. Their activities are invariably based on the call for more independence through networking.More ...
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Private refugee initiatives – Living together under one roof

More and more refugees from all over the world are seeking refuge in Germany. Numerous private initiatives are actively supporting asylum seekers and providing them with a new home.More ...
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Welcoming Culture – The Benefits of Diversity

Universities, businesses and local governments want to step up their efforts to make immigrants feel at home in Germany.More ...
Master craftsman Maik Steinmetz with Spanish apprentice Ronny Andrango; © Julius Lukas

Vocational Training in Germany – The Mobipro-EU Programme

Young people in many European countries are unable to find a place on a vocational training scheme, yet companies in Germany are desperately seeking young apprentices. A programme has been set up to bring the two sides together.More ...
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Threatened Peoples – “Europe must initiate massive programmes”

Tilman Zülch, General Secretary of the Society for Threatened Peoples, on the situation of minorities in Germany and the debate on immigration from south-eastern Europe.More ...
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Job Miracle with Blemishes

Europeans are surprised, the world is amazed, and experts are seeking explanations. While in many European countries unemployment has risen to ten per cent and more, it has sunk in Germany.More ...
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How multilingual is Germany after 50 years of immigration

What role does multilingualism play in schools and other public institutions? And how is immigration and multilingualism policy shaped in Germany? These were the two featured questions asked at the international conference “50 Years Later: Immigration – Multilingualism – Education” in Dortmund in October.More ...
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“It is vital that we see what the reality is” – Aygül Özkan on Immigration and Integration

Since 2010 Aygül Özkan has been Minister in the state of Lower Saxony. An interview about the aims of Germany’s integration politics and how necessary immigration is for the country’s ageing society.More ...
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“Irregular Migration“ – an Interview with Dita Vogel

Refugees, persecutees, undocumented immigrants, aliens without residence status – the constant risk of being deported forces them to go underground, work under exploitative conditions and live without access to medical care.More ...
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The Intercultural City of Neukölln

For a long time, Neukölln was regarded as a prime example of an urban district with problems. Yet this Berlin district is becoming increasingly trendy among students and artists. Targeted political measures are one reason for the change of image.More ...
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Next Stop Huelva – illegal migrants face hard times in Europe

Illegal migrants in Europe are feeling the full brunt of the economic crisis. A report from the Spanish province of Huelva.More ...
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Competing for Migrants

Germany’s population is shrinking. Many structures can only be maintained if a sufficient number of people use them. What can the Germans do to attract educated migrants of benefit to the economy?More ...
“Survival is non-negotiable!” Hermann Josef Hack’s Refugee Camp in Berlin, October 28, 2009; © Mike Auerbach - Oxfam

Immigration and Climate Change

In many places climate change will foreseeably increase the pressure to migrate. Above all from the poor regions of the world there will in future be more and more “climate emigrants”.More ...
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