Help on the way to self-employment

Many migrants are considering starting their own business in Germany. The Federal Employment Agency and the IQ network offer free advice, support and assistance in taking the first steps toward self-employment. The most important prerequisite for becoming self-employed in Germany is a residence permit – unless you are a citizen of an EU country, the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Another requirement is good German language skills – both speaking and writing. A business plan, detailed financial planning and financial reserves are also required. Potential founders must also have the necessary professional qualifications and hold the required accreditations or permits.… Read More

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Apply for Bürgergeld digitally

Since January of this year, the citizen’s income has replaced the previous unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV). Since then, the citizen’s income can be applied for digitally, but also still in writing by mail at the responsible job center. Detailed information on the new regulations can be found at the German Federal Employment Agency under the link There you can read, for example, what the requirements for the citizen’s income are and how much financial support is available. On this page, there is a button “Apply for Citizen’s Income” to sign up or register for the electronic service. In… Read More

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High energy costs: help in cases of hardship

Tübingen residents who are threatened by poverty can get financial help. It is about their energy costs—especially back payments for heating and electricity. Single people can get a one-time grant of 600 euros, households with several people can get up to 1000 euros. The subsidy depends on the energy costs and the personal financial circumstances of those seeking assistance, but is independent of the energy supplier. Financial assistance is available if income is below certain limits, if there are hardly any assets and no other state benefits are possible. The city and the Stadtwerke Tübingen have created a hardship fund… Read More

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Entitlement to household help

Anyone who is no longer able to run their household due to illness, pregnancy, childbirth or a cure can apply to the health insurance fund for household help. This is possible under the following conditions: The applicant belongs to a statutory health insurance fund and needs a medical certificate. No one else living in the family can take over the household management. A child under 12 years of age or a disabled child lives in the household. However, this is not necessary in the case of complaints during pregnancy or after birth. Household help can also be applied for by… Read More

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Free seminar on setting up in business on March 18 and 19

Anyone who is interested in setting up a business and wants to become self-employed can register for a seminar that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, in each case all day from 9 a.m., at the Open Innovation Campus Westspitze, Eisenbahnstraße 1. The seminar deals with the three topic blocks business idea and business plan, administration and organization as well as financing of the Selbstständigkeit. In addition, interested parties will learn where they can get support. Participants will receive seminar documentation and a certificate of attendance. The seminar is free of charge. Registration is required… Read More

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Refugees from Ukraine: More and more working

One year after the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, more than eight million Ukrainians are registered as refugees in European countries. A good one million of them live in Germany, reports the Integration media service. Because Ukrainians can move freely within the Schengen area and some have also returned, the figures are of limited significance. However, it is undisputed that many have already found jobs in Germany. On the anniversary of the start of the war, 1,066,951 refugees from Ukraine were registered in the German Central Register of Foreigners. Most of those who came were women (69 percent). Almost… Read More

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Dual vocational training: a springboard to the world of work

Whether you’re a bricklayer, a baker or an office administrator: In order to work in these professions, you complete a dual vocational training program in Germany. During the training period, which lasts between two and three and a half years, the trainee alternates between the training company and the school. Every week, the trainees, colloquially known as “apprentices”, spend one or two days (depending on the educational institution) at a vocational school to learn the theory. On the other days, they work in the company. Apprentices are paid by the company for the duration of their training. Dual training is… Read More

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Check entitlement to child supplement

Families with low incomes are entitled to the child supplement in addition to the child benefit. This is up to 250 euros per month per child. If there are several children, a total amount is paid. However, only about a third of those entitled have applied for the child supplement so far. This was the response of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs to a question from the Left Party in the Bundestag. Whether families or single parents receive a child supplement depends, among other things, on the gross income of the parents or guardians—at least 900 euros (couples) or… Read More

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“Morning-after pill” prevents unwanted pregnancy

If a woman has had unprotected sex, the “morning-after pill” can prevent pregnancy if taken in time. This is the case regardless of whether the woman forgot to take the pill, the condom was damaged or the couple dispensed with contraception altogether. Emergency contraception medications include those containing the active ingredients levonorgestrel (Pidana) or ulipristal acetate (Ellaone). The tablets are available over the counter in pharmacies. They work more reliably the sooner they are taken after unprotected sex. According to Pro Familia, the interval should be no more than 70 to 120 hours. “Ideally, the morning-after pill should be taken… Read More

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Women in many countries demand equal rights

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a special day in many countries. In Europe, it was celebrated for the first time in 1911. Women initially demanded above all that they should also be allowed to vote. Since then, on March 8, women around the world have been demonstrating for equal rights—for example, equal pay at work—and against discrimination. In some countries, women are given flowers as a sign of appreciation on this day—in Germany, mostly red roses or carnations. Women’s Day is a public holiday in 26 countries around the world, but in Germany only in the states… Read More

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