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Get real help: migrant advising in Leipzig

in Community/Help/Leipzig tips
Scene of Augustusplatz in Leipzig
Image by Caro Sodar from Pixabay

“Migrating is heavy business. There’s a lot of uncertainty and stress and systems you don’t understand but have to grapple with. The first thing I teach people I’m mentoring is: always use all of your resources.”

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AfD shooting from the hip

in Politics/Society
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One has to ask who the constitutional lawyer for the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is, when Frauke Petry (AfD Sachsen) quotes sentences out of context to support the use of weapons at Germany’s borders to discourage refugees from entering.

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Looking behind the tolerance slogan

in History/Refugees
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“Refugees are Welcome” used to be a slogan of the Left. Now it is of the Right.

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Seven generations of migration

in History/Leipzig/Leipzig on the web
Leipzig city center. Photo: Stefan Hopf
Leipzig city center. Photo: Stefan Hopf

“I wanted to understand where I came from and what made me who I am. Actually, I was inspired by Thomas Mellon, a 19th century Irish emigrant to the US who wrote: ‘If you would know yourself, begin with the study of your forefathers.’”

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The source of the refugee crisis

in Glocal/Philosophies/Politics/Refugees
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Photo: Magdalena Lagaleriade >> http://bit.ly/1oDdK3H

During the last weeks European policymakers have been fighting with each other over the best way to respond to the current refugee crisis. However difficult the political negotiations are – they are a mess; much worse than the Greek debacle, as far as integrity of EU institutions are concerned – no refugee relocation and integration plan will be effective. The reason is that any European-only-plan ignores the source of the problem: The Syrian civil war.

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“Don’t give Legida more attention than it deserves”

in Community/Politics

Another enlightening interview from our glocal politics and history writer: “Legida’s presence is a reminder that the image of Leipzig as Germany’s hipster capital is utterly incomplete… The city’s Head of Unit for Migration and Integration, Stojan Gugutschkow… shared some interesting insights [on Legida, xenophobia and related matters] and finished off with a message for Leipzig’s English-speaking community.”

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