Immigration to Germany: 'Better Qualified than the Domestic Population'

Immigration to Germany: 'Better Qualified than the Domestic Population'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2014

In recent years, Germany has begun attracting large numbers of highly qualified immigrants. Demographics expert Reiner Klingholz says that the development could be vital to the country's future, despite ongoing problems with integration. Interview by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Turkified': Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

'Turkified': Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

Turks make up Germany's largest ethnic minority, and SPIEGEL reporter Özlem Gezer grew up in the port city of Hamburg as a part of this community. She describes herself as a "model immigrant," but explains how Germans have made her feel she could never be one of them. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]


Immigrant's Plight: Leaving Germany on Bus of Broken Dreams

Immigrant's Plight: Leaving Germany on Bus of Broken Dreams

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2013

Like other Eastern European immigrants, Ivan Stoyanov came to Germany to work and make money for his family, but found himself living on the street. Instead of helping him stay, Hamburg paid for his bus ticket back to Bulgaria. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Secret Thatcher Notes: Kohl Wanted Half of Turks Out of Germany

Secret Thatcher Notes: Kohl Wanted Half of Turks Out of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

Unsealed confidential British documents reveal that in 1982, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl tried to carry out a radical plan. He wanted to reduce the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent within four years. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]


Here to Stay: City Embraces Eastern European Immigrants

Here to Stay: City Embraces Eastern European Immigrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

In the past, Germany's guest workers were left to fend for themselves. Determined not to repeat this mistake, the city of Dortmund has beefed up integration assistance for immigrants, particularly those from Bulgaria and Romania. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Adiós Alemania : Many Immigrants Leave Germany within a Year

Adiós Alemania : Many Immigrants Leave Germany within a Year

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2013

Is Germany a dreamland for immigrants? Not entirely. According to a new OECD study, more than half the Greeks and Spaniards who come to Germany leave within a year. By Sarah Sommer more... Comment ]


Weisswurst and Beer: Tourists Flock to South Korea's 'German Village'

Weisswurst and Beer: Tourists Flock to South Korea's 'German Village'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2012

It has an Oktoberfest, German sausages and immaculate front gardens. South Korea's "German Village" is home to Koreans who spent years as migrant workers in Germany and their German spouses. Today, thousands of tourists come to visit the quirky settlement -- much to the annoyance of some residents. By Manfred Ertel more...

Commemorating Neo-Nazi Terror Victims: A Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Murdered Father

Commemorating Neo-Nazi Terror Victims: A Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Murdered Father

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 23, 2012

Semiya Simsek was 14 years old when members of a neo-Nazi terror cell executed her father at his flower stand in broad daylight. Her speech at Thursday's national commemoration ceremony in Berlin is the only one by a relative of the cell's victims. It is also her last public appearance in Germany -- she is emigrating to Turkey later this year. By Julia Jüttner more... Video | Comment ]


At Home in a Foreign Country: German Turks Struggle to Find Their Identity

At Home in a Foreign Country: German Turks Struggle to Find Their Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2011

The first Turkish 'guest workers' arrived in West Germany 50 years ago. Like other immigrants, they've had children and grandchildren since then. But large segments of younger generations are struggling to find their place in Germany, where they are hampered by a lack of education and prospects for the future. By Maximilian Popp, Özlem Gezer and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Turkish Prime Minister in Berlin: Erdogan Escalates Germany Criticism

Turkish Prime Minister in Berlin: Erdogan Escalates Germany Criticism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2011

A ceremony on Wednesday to mark 50 years since the first Turkish 'guest workers' arrived in Germany should be a friendly photo opportunity for the leaders of the two countries. But many tensions still exist, and Turkish leader Erdogan has taken aim at Germany once again in a controversial interview. By Anna Reimann more... Comment ]