Youth ticket cheaper for Tübingen residents

In Baden-Württemberg, the youth ticket for local public transport (ÖPNV) will be available from March 1. With it, young people up to the age of 27 can travel throughout Baden-Württemberg for 365 euros a year, around the clock, on all days. In Tübingen, it is cheaper for students, trainees and people doing voluntary service. Prerequisite: You have to live in Tübingen and go to school there or do an apprenticeship or voluntary service. The city of Tübingen provides a subsidy. Then the youth ticket costs 264 euros per year (22 euros per month) for Tübingen residents, according to the public… Read More

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Help for migrants in the search for housing

People who immigrate from abroad or come to Germany as refugees are confronted with the challenge of looking for and finding a new apartment in Germany. Of course, having your own apartment is part of arriving and staying. However, the search for an apartment is often associated with many difficulties. Especially in the larger cities, housing is scarce and demand is high. The Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction (bmwsb) offers help and advice to migrants in their search for housing. In a brochure, there are many tips on how to find your own apartment as quickly as… Read More

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Tübingen turns lanterns back on at night

Street lamps in Tübingen may not be switched off at night. This was ordered by the Tübingen regional council. The reason: according to current law, crosswalks must be illuminated in the dark. For technical reasons, however, individual lanterns in Tübingen cannot be controlled separately. Therefore, all street lamps remain on all night long. According to the city itself, switching off the lanterns had saved a lot of electricity: per night, the annual consumption of a four-person household. The reaction of Lord Mayor Boris Palmer can be found at tun23012501 Tübingen bei Nacht. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.… Read More

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Violence in Iran to be investigated

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on violence against protesters in Iran. Independent experts are to investigate the Iranian government’s violations of human rights. They are also to collect evidence to one day hold those responsible accountable. This is reported by the media. Germany and Iceland had submitted the request in Geneva. The majority of the member states of the Human Rights Council agreed. Since the beginning of the protests in Iran in mid-September, more than 300 people are reported to have died. Volker Türk, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for the… Read More

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The most important numbers for emergencies

In Germany, there are various emergency numbers that always work everywhere—regardless of which city or town you happen to be in. A very detailed overview can be found on the website of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Interior. 112: With this number—without prefix—you can reach the rescue service and the fire department in case of medical emergencies, accidents or fires. 112 is also the emergency number in other European countries. 110: In an emergency, you can reach the police under this number. It is valid regardless of whether you call from a cell phone or a landline. However, it… Read More

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Long wait for housing benefit

“More housing benefit for more people.” This is what the Bundestag and the Bundesrat decided. From January 2023, around two million households—instead of 600,000 households so far—are to receive housing benefit. The housing allowance is to be increased by an average of 190 euros per month to 370 euros from next year. According to the federal government, about 380,000 people will no longer have to rely on social assistance or unemployment benefit II. However, long waiting times for the processing of applications must be expected because of a lack of staff at the housing allowance offices, among other reasons. Attention!… Read More

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Certified work experience

Many people acquire professional knowledge and skills during their working life. They often cannot prove these acquired competences with a formal document, e.g. a certificate. In order to accelerate the validation (that means: to establish the value of something) of non-formally and informally acquired knowledge in Germany, the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) have developed the project “Valikom Transfer” (duration until 10/2024) together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In this project, non-formally and informally acquired knowledge is identified. Vocational experts then assess whether the… Read More

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Long-term tolerated persons should not be deported

Well-integrated tolerated persons should be given the prospect of staying. The state government of Baden-Württemberg has agreed on this. Those affected will no longer be deported with immediate effect. This applies to all refugees who receive a right to stay in Germany according to the rules of the planned Right of Opportunity Residence, as the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Migration announced in Stuttgart. The federal government’s right of opportunity to stay is to apply to all those who have lived in Germany for at least five years from 1 January 2022. This is intended to give foreigners without a secure residence… Read More

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DRK Tests in Tübingen Free of Charge

In Tübingen, there are still free rapid corona tests without prerequisites. The German Red Cross (DRK) offers these tests three times a week: on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. According to DRK, the test station that is located in front of the Uhlandbad in Tübinger Karlstraße is open from 12.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. In other places in Tübingen´s districts and countrywide, new rules for tests will be applied from July. Among the rules, free rapid tests can be offered for several groups like children under five years of age, pregnant women in the first three months, people who need a… Read More

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Report housing for refugees from Ukraine

The district of Tübingen is urgently looking for further accommodation for refugees from Ukraine. The provision of the Kreissporthalle Tübingen as an arrival center for refugees is not sufficient for the demand. Anyone who still has space, for example vacation apartments, can report this directly to the mayor’s offices of the cities and municipalities. The website provides information on many questions relating to the reception and accommodation of refugees from Ukraine. Further questions can be asked by e-mail to or by phone at 07071/207-3700 from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. This was announced by… Read More

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