INSIDE: Immigrants In Germany: A Firsthand Report; World Headlines At A Glance; From the Shores of the Salish Sea – Perspective: A Tribute To BBC World Service; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
IMMIGRANTS IN GERMANY: A FIRSTHAND REPORT
Once again last week there were a wave of protests in Germany, this time motivated by the murder of a German national by a newcomer: Germany: Chemnitz protests against immigration policy.
Having a friend living in Germany, I asked her if she considers immigrants a threat to herself and her family. (Here I should mention that she moved to Germany from Ukraine about 15 years ago.) She said that as far as she knows, the majority of Germans still supported their immigration policy. She told me that after the protests in Chemnitz, there were huge demonstrations in Berlin and Münster against racism and far forces.
To quote my friend directly, “Germany is a very multicultural country. There are many different people on the streets. But you never know whether this is local or newcomers in the next generation.
Since 2015, approximately 1.3 million refugees have arrived. Previously, too, always arrived, but in small quantities. Approximately 250,000 of them work (every forth refugee has a work) are paying into the social fund and taxes. Others are at the courses, all the children at school. The rest are waiting for the distribution. All children go to school. Classes have become larger. More teachers are needed. They have a lot of additional lessons of German and integration. Adults are taken by many large companies for training. Government spends a lot of money but nothing has made by the government for its population worse. Improvements are here every year in a financial sense. All help is made from additional income. Revenues in Germany are constantly growing.
Men refugees number is a little more, this is understandable. There is some statistics about age groups seeking for asylum. It’s easier for them to get to the country. But if the newcomers want to bring their families here is a problem. They are not particularly allowed to do so, as there will be many times larger numbers of refugees. Permit to do this is granted only in very limited cases.
We also have refugees in the city. For example, they were given a hotel near us for living. We always expected something. It was interesting. We passed many times past. No changes. Everything is quiet and clean.
Very many people help as much as they can. They give away toys, clothes, help in other ways …
The main thing, in my opinion, is integration courses. No matter where people come from, they must live according to our basic law.”
Later this week again in Chemnitz was organized a concert but this time against racism and xenophobia where prominent German bands participated. Chemnitz concert: #WirSindMehr becomes a trending topic on Twitter.
To my opinion, probably the main reason for all the troubles is the labels we hang on each other. Are all Germans who participated in anti-immigration marches “far rights”? Maybe some of them are simply concerned about safety and not talking to them is not the right approach to the issue.
Probably showing people statistics, the government being open with people about their plants; transparency in cases of graft, corruption and other crimes, these would, I think, make people feel save as fear usually comes from uncertainty. If there are people who are worried and you just call them all racists and Nazis I don’t think it will calm them down. The concerts are good but it looks like now there are two irreconcilable positions and someone should swallow the insult.
As long as few drops of German blood are still goes in my veins I wish all the best to that country and hopefully the mutual understanding will be found.
Pray for them, Mishka, when you pray for us all. Happy autumn, my cousin. Olya.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA:
PERSPECTIVE: A TRIBUTE TO BBC WORLD SERVICE
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: Someone where I live and a first responder who works the same midnight to noon shift I do has heard me listening to the BBC World Service, some of which, as many of you know, is sadder than the headline version of it.
Given what I do professionally, he wondered why, when I’m working or outside in my “hutch,” where I decompress post-shift, that would be my medium and my program of choice. Appropriate enough question politely rendered and the answer, actually, is quite simple.
Perspective which makes me considerably more appreciative of what I have and much less frustrated or disappointed with what I do not have.
Perspective which makes me very protective of those I love and those for whom I care.
Perspective which suggests that the “news” I have personally experienced in war and in peace is regrettably too common an experience among our global family and that there are enough violin players on that street corner.
Perspective which reaffirms my faith in the human spirit to survive and grow, despite the lethal weeds still flourishing in Our Garden and perhaps still in the souls of far too many of us.
Perhaps most of all, perspective which has made me more determined than I have ever been to do what I can, modestly and with Humility I hope, to help make this a gentler, healthier and more compassionate place to live.
There are excuses and rationales for the suffering the BBC reports. But there is no reason for it. That, perhaps, is the saddest part of all. But tears that fall on parched earth are as precious as rain.
We squander even our compassion. Nature wastes nothing.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
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