Multicultural Germany How We Experience Racism

Several recent controversies in Germany -- from the treatment of refugees to the obstacles faced by immigrants in the job market -- have thrown the issue of racial discrimination into the limelight. SPIEGEL spoke to 15 people of foreign descent to find out how racism affects their daily lives.
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Lewis Otoo, 11, student, Berlin

Lewis Otoo, 11, student, Berlin

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Natalia Drechsler, 56, German instructor for integration courses, Hanover

Natalia Drechsler, 56, German instructor for integration courses, Hanover

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Lincoln Assinouko, 23, soccer player (most recently for BV Cloppenburg, Regionalliga Nord), Mettingen, North Rhine-Westphalia

Lincoln Assinouko, 23, soccer player (most recently for BV Cloppenburg, Regionalliga Nord), Mettingen, North Rhine-Westphalia

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Tsepo Bollwinkel Keele, 51, musician, Lüneburg, Lower Saxony

Tsepo Bollwinkel Keele, 51, musician, Lüneburg, Lower Saxony

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Nguyen Thi Hien Thuy, 28, economist, Rostock

Nguyen Thi Hien Thuy, 28, economist, Rostock

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Aziza Janah, 40, housewife, Hamburg

Aziza Janah, 40, housewife, Hamburg

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Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi, 44, industrial engineer, Berlin

Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi, 44, industrial engineer, Berlin

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Apostolos Tsalastras, 49, city treasurer, Oberhausen, Ruhr Area

Apostolos Tsalastras, 49, city treasurer, Oberhausen, Ruhr Area

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Artiom Karpovich, high-school graduate, Chemnitz

Artiom Karpovich, high-school graduate, Chemnitz

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Olgun Eksi, 26, shopkeeper, Hamburg

Olgun Eksi, 26, shopkeeper, Hamburg

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Ali Güngörmüs, 36, head chef and owner of Le Canard Nouveau restaurant, Hamburg

Ali Güngörmüs, 36, head chef and owner of Le Canard Nouveau restaurant, Hamburg

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Herrmann Höllenreiner, 79, retiree, Mettenheim, Upper Bavaria

Herrmann Höllenreiner, 79, retiree, Mettenheim, Upper Bavaria

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Omid Nouripour, member of German parliament for the Green Party, Berlin

Omid Nouripour, member of German parliament for the Green Party, Berlin

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Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, 33, art scholar and curator, Berlin

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, 33, art scholar and curator, Berlin

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Deniz Berkpinar, 23, shipping company employee, Cologne

Deniz Berkpinar, 23, shipping company employee, Cologne

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Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein.