A new law will make naturalisation easier from April

Members of the German Bundestag have made it easier to obtain German citizenship. The bill to modernise citizenship law was passed on 19 January 2024 by 382 votes to 234 with 23 abstentions. The CDU/CSU and the AfD voted against the new law. The new law is expected to come into force in April. The most important changes at a glance: The period of residence in Germany required for naturalisation will be reduced from the current eight to five years. In the case of “special integration achievements”, naturalisation will be possible after just three years—for example in the case of… Read More

Eight wishes for daycare places in Tübingen

The city of Tübingen is changing the procedure for allocating places in daycare centres. Parents can specify a maximum of eight preferences when registering. This was announced by the city. This is made possible by a new IT programme at the Central Registration Office for Childcare (ZAK). According to the city, those who enter a large number of preferences have a better chance of getting a place at a daycare centre. The wish list for the main allocation of places for the 2024/25 kindergarten year must be sent to ZAK via the parents’ portal by Thursday, 29 February at the… Read More

Film screening with discussion: “Being a Refugee”

On Tuesday, February 6, the district of Tübingen invites you to a film screening. At 7.30 pm, the documentary “Being a Refugee” by director Dr. Nurit Carmel will be shown in the main conference room at the district administration office. The film deals with various refugee stories from the past and present and provides an insight into the integration processes. In connection with interreligious perspectives, the film shows the complexity of this topic. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Nurit Carmel. Admission is free of charge. Please register informally by sending an email to: kultur@kreis-tuebingen.de… Read More

Nationwide warning strike in public transport

The trade union Verdi has announced a nationwide warning strike in local public transport for Friday. In some cities in Germany, there may be considerable restrictions on bus and train services. In Baden-Württemberg, strikes have been called in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Heilbronn, Freiburg, Baden-Baden, Esslingen and Constance. Travelers, especially commuters, should check with the respective transport association before setting off. The naldo transport association will hardly be affected by the strike. In Tübingen and Reutlingen, buses will run as usual. tun24013101 www.tuenews.de Vom Busbahnhof Tübingen fährt der Schienenersatzverkehr. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian. 002081      

SoTü job festival provides information about social professions

The SoTü job festival in Tübingen offers information on careers in education and nursing. The event kicks off on 2 February at 5 p.m. in the Freistil restaurant, Wöhrdstraße 25, where employers from nurseries, care facilities and care services will provide information about careers and training over free drinks and snacks. Anyone wishing to take part must register in advance and the event is organised by the city of Tübingen. Further information can be found at: https://so-tue.de/ SoTü is a joint initiative by municipal and independent organisations to strengthen local social professions. There are several opportunities to get to know… Read More

Why foreign skilled workers often leave Germany again

A recently published study by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW) in Tübingen and the SOKO Institute in Bielefeld sheds light on the increasing exodus of foreign skilled workers from Germany. Based on an extensive online survey and interviews, the reasons why international skilled workers leave Germany are examined. A key finding is the diversity of migration motives. While some skilled workers originally came to Germany for professional reasons, other factors often play a role in the decision to leave the country again. Difficulties with integration, experiences of discrimination and challenges in the professional environment are particularly emphasized. In… Read More

27 January is Holocaust Remembrance Day

In the German culture of remembrance, there are two dates on which politicians, the media, volunteers and many people remember the crimes and murder committed against millions of people of Jewish origin between 1933 and 1945. In addition to 9 November, the Night of Broken Glass, this is 27 January, Holocaust Remembrance Day. On 27 January 1945, soldiers of the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. In Germany, this day has been known as the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism since 1996, a memorial service is held in the German Bundestag and… Read More

Rally against the shift to the right

Another demonstration for democracy and against the danger of a shift to the right is to take place in Tübingen. The event will begin on Saturday, January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the market square. In addition to speeches, there will also be a human chain around the town hall. Fridays for Future, the local youth council, the Verdi trade union and the student representatives are among those calling for the rally. tun24012409 www.tuenews.de Stiftskirche Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian. 001100      

Six days of railway strike

Due to a railway strike, many trains will not run for six days from Wednesday. This was announced by the train drivers’ union GDL. As the union members are dissatisfied with Deutsche Bahn’s offer in the current wage dispute, they have called for a new round of strikes. Specifically, this concerns the period from Wednesday, 24 January at 2 am to Monday, 29 January at 6 pm. Freight transport will already be on strike from Tuesday evening. The railway wants to set up an emergency timetable. Up-to-date information can be found on the railway’s website www.bahn.de and the DB Navigator… Read More

The German passport is safe

Anyone who has been naturalised in Germany and holds a German passport can no longer be deported. This is stated in Article 16 of the Basic Law. It states: “German citizenship may not be revoked.” This has been in force in Germany since 1949 and was a reaction to the fact that people were expatriated on political, racial or religious grounds during the Nazi dictatorship. The Basic Law now prohibits the revocation of citizenship if this would render people stateless. Refugees with a German passport therefore do not need to worry because right-wing extremists are considering deporting migrants and immigrants… Read More

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