Male refugees from Syria may file follow-up asylum applications

In November, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that male refugees between the ages of 18 and 45 who are subjected to military service and come from Syria are entitled to refugee protection. This came about due to the high risk in Syria of forced participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Refusal of military service should, therefore, lead to refugee protection. Since many Syrian refugees have only received subsidiary protection in recent years, the ECJ ruling means they were wrongly denied refugee protection and related rights (such as family reunification). For those whose asylum procedure has already… Read More

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Schools and daycare centers close on December 16th

School children and those going to daycare will have longer Christmas holidays. Schools and daycare centers will already close on Wednesday, December 16th. The only exception to this are the graduating classes. They will continue with distance learning. This was announced by Baden-Württemberg’s governor Winfried Kretschmann after the new nation- and statewide regulations were declared on Sunday. Schools and daycare centers are supposed to set up emergency care for children in daycare and students up to grade 7. However, the governor said that this emergency care should only be used by parents who have to go to work. If possible,… Read More

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Corona: Many stores will have to close as of December 16th, 2020

The German Chancellor and the heads of government of the German states agreed on a further tightening of existing Corona regulations during a conference call on December 13th, 2020. From Wednesday, December 16th, 2020, to January 10th, 2021, most retailers will have to close. Stores that sell groceries are exempt, as are drugstores and pharmacies. Also exempt are gas stations, garages for motor vehicles or bicycles, banks or post offices. Christmas trees may also be sold. As of December 16th, hairdressers and similar service businesses, such as tanning salons, must also close. However, medically necessary treatments will remain permitted. For… Read More

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Vaccination center in the Paul-Horn-Arena

Multiple pharmaceutical companies have developed and tested a vaccination against the corona-virus. Soon, the first ones will be delivered. The state of Baden-Württemberg is managing the distribution in the state. It has instructed the district of Tübingen to set up a regional vaccination center. As a result, the district is currently building a vaccination center in the Paul-Horn-Arena in Tübingen. This is happening in cooperation with the City of Tübingen, the university hospital of Tübingen and the German Red Cross. The vaccination center is supposed to start operating in the beginning of the next year. People from the entire district… Read More

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Sick leave via phone extended

Already, patients with a light cold were able to get a sick note from their doctor by phone. So far, this applied till the end of the year. However, this option has now been extended by three months, until the end of March 2021. The joint committee of doctors, health insurance companies and hospitals came to this decision. As was rule before, doctors have to thoroughly question the patient about their state of health on the phone. They then have to decide if an in-person visit to the practice is necessary. The sick leave via phone can be issued for… Read More

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Rule relaxation over Christmas shortened

Baden-Württemberg has changed one item in the corona rules applicable from Tuesday, 1st of December. The exception that a maximum of ten people plus children up to their 15th birthday can meet at Christmas has been shortened. This rule will now only apply from 23th to 27th December. From 1st to 23rd December, only a maximum of five people from two households plus children may meet. This is stated in the country’s regulation published on 30th November. However, this may change again. It depends on the development of the corona situation whether the regulation will really be relaxed over Christmas… Read More

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Infected people are contagious even without corona symptoms

It is often claimed that you cannot infect other people if you do not display corona symptoms such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste. Even if you are in fact already infected with the virus. This opinion is widely held on social media. But this is incorrect, as scientific studies have proven and as the Robert Koch Institute also agrees – as reported recently by ZDF. You can still infect others even if you do not display any symptoms. In the two days before you start showing symptoms, the danger is even greater. It is estimated… Read More

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Tübingen fever walk-in clinic opens again

The corona testing station on the Tübingen fairground has been operating for some time. Now, the fever walk-in clinic is also reopening there. Starting Monday, November 2nd, it will be open every day, including weekends, from 2 pm to 6 pm. Patients with corona symptoms can come to the outpatient fever clinic. They do not need to register by telephone and do not need a referral. However, they should inform their family doctor of their visit to the fever outpatient clinic. There is a doctor at the entrance to the fairground. He will send people with corona symptoms directly to… Read More

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Across Baden-Württemberg effective immediately: Mouth nose protection required

In Baden-Württemberg, so many people are now infected with the coronavirus that the state government has taken measures to protect against further spread. These will apply starting Monday, October 19th. In pedestrian zones, on market squares and wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, people throughout Baden-Württemberg must now wear a face mask over their mouth and nose. In public institutions, too, masks are now mandatory in places to which the public has access. This was decided by the state government on October 18th. It is written in the Fifth Regulation amending the Corona Regulation. In accordance… Read More

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Women talk about their life in Germany

The Brückenhaus in Tübingen offers a workshop for women. The topic is “New country. Germany and my everyday life”. Women from different nations can talk about their life here. No specific language skills are necessary. The workshop starts on Thursday, October 8th, at 10 a.m. in the Brückenhaus, Werkstraße 8. There will be 13 meetings in total. They last one hour. Interested parties can contact Khalikova Nadira at 07071/204-1363 or send an e-mail to tun092908 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 23.08.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  281 total views

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Workshop on German rule of law for Arab refugees

For refugees and asylum seekers who speak Arabic as their mother tongue, a free rule of law lesson will take place on October 22nd in Rottenburg. From 14:00 to 17:15 in Rottenburg at Sülchenstraße 24, Rettungszentrum, Z 2, basic knowledge of the free democratic basic order of the Federal Republic of Germany will be discussed. Johannes Ady, judge at the Tübingen Regional Court, will lead this course. A press report on an earlier course is available at: The focus is on state building and the basic values that are binding for all, such as democracy, the rule of law,… Read More

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Volunteer-stories exhibition – a big hit

Over 90 interested people in the District of Tübingen came together at the District Office Tübingen on the early evening of 28th September. They all want to be present for the exhibition opening of “Experiences with refugees – volunteer-stories from the District Tübingen”. For the exhibition, volunteers wrote down their experiences with refugees. The exhibition has 18 funny and moving stories. Furthermore, tünews INTERNATIONAL published a special edition depicting an additional 14 stories. The exhibition was inaugurated by district administrator Joachim Walter and the mayor of Tübingen, Daniela Harsch. Following this, seven authors read their stories in front of the… Read More

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The Tübinger Tafel needs drivers

The Tübinger Tafel saves food from being thrown away and gives it away for little money. It is given to people with a BonusCard from the district of Tübingen. These foods are collected from supermarkets, bakeries and manufacturers in and around Tübingen, among others. The Tafel is looking for drivers for this. Once a week, drivers will provide four to seven hours of voluntary, meaning unpaid, driving time. Since Corona, they are not just sending one vehicle with three people. On collection tours, the Tafel must send a refrigerated sprinter and an escort vehicle with two people. Interested parties can… Read More

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Without mask, no entry and no driving lessons

Every day in Baden-Württemberg, people contract the coronavirus. Again, and again patients die of Covid-19. That is why the state government is tightening the corona ordinance and extending it until November 30th. These changes will take effect Wednesday, September 30th: Guests in restaurants, pubs and bars must wear a mask when they are not sitting in their seats – for example, on their way to the table, to the toilet or to a buffet. The mask obligation also applies in closed rooms and in the waiting area of amusement parks and amusement facilities. Anyone not wearing a mask is not… Read More

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tünews nominated for the Integration Award

It’s going to be exciting: On Monday, October 5th, the tünews INTERNATIONAL team will find out whether they will win the National Integration Award of the German Chancellor. Ten projects from all over Germany have been nominated. The award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Due to Corona, only 37 people will be present at the event – in addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Annette Widmann-Mauz, the Minister of State for Integration, the jury, and one representative of each of the nominated projects will be present. With the Integration Award, the Federal Government wants to… Read More

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Opening program for the Arab Film Festival 2020

Since 2005, the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen is the oldest and most important forum for Arabic movies in the German-speaking region. In its 16th festival year (1st to 10th October) one can expect exciting movie experiences. New movies from and about the Arabic world are on the program. Therefore, the festival is an important intercultural platform. It is also one of the biggest festivals that focuses on Arabic cinema outside of the Arabic world. The opening program for the Arab Film Festival starts on 24th September. And offers a wide variety of events: movies, exhibitions, theatre, readings and much… Read More

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All lies: Spoofing scams over the phone and by e-mail

A specific criminal act has become more widespread in the district of Tübingen in the past year: Spoofing (fraud). Fake police officers attempted 454 times to deceive (most often) elderly people. And exploit their fear of crime. That is 258 cases or almost 130 percent more than in 2018, according to the Reutlingen police headquarters in its current crime statistics. The crooks claim might that there has been a break-in in the neighborhood and that the people called are on an address list. Therefore, they should hand over money and valuables to a policeman who would pick them up. On… Read More

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Opening packages, tasting fruit … what is allowed in the supermarket?

Germans love their supermarkets, as a survey by the German Ministry of Agriculture shows: More than half of all consumers shop there at least once a week. But what is allowed in a supermarket and what is not? The legal experts at Stiftung Warentest have compiled important rules. Nibbling on not-yet-paid-for sweets is prohibited, because the goods still belong to the store owner. Consequently, eating or drinking first and then paying is not allowed. Anyone who wants to buy fresh eggs can open the carton to see if the contents are intact. But it is not allowed to exchange broken… Read More

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Search online for lost items

Lost your wallet or glasses? Left your backpack on the bus? In such cases, the online lost and found office of the city of Tübingen can help. For the online search*, the date and the search area with a radius of up to 100 kilometers must be entered. There are 14 categories from identity cards to valuables. After a few clicks, searchers can find out whether their item has been found. If the lost item has been handed in, the owners receive a description, the place where it was found and the responsible office with which a collection date can… Read More

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Intercultural Week 2020 in Tübingen

Starting on Sunday, September 27th and going through Tuesday, October 6th, Germany celebrates the Intercultural Week. This year’s motto is, “Live together, grow together”. The aim of the Intercultural Week is to provide information on the topics of migration and integration and to offer intercultural experiences for people to take part in. According to Cornelia Weber from the Diakonisches Werk Tübingen: “Encounters lead to the reduction of fear and turn strangers into valued neighbors, friends and acquaintances.” The Intercultural Week has been taking place in Tübingen for 45 years. There are already numerous events from September 24th and going to… Read More

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Changes for those returning from travel

In Baden-Württemberg, there is a new regulation for travelers. Starting on Wednesday, September 16th, only returnees from risk areas can be tested at the Corona test stations in the state – not all travel returnees. Currently, there are test stations at the airports of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Friedrichshafen, at Stuttgart Central Station and at the freeway service stations Neuenburg/Ost and Kemmental/Ost. In any case, the state will operate these test stations until after the end of the summer vacations. For residents of the district of Tübingen, the drive-in test station on the Tübingen fairground (Tübinger Festplatz) has been open again… Read More

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Love brought them together: a marriage in the time of Corona

By Sameer Ibrahim Since ancient times, wedding traditions have differed from society to society. In Arabic countries, a marriage takes place only after the consent of the parents. A marriage is performed at the registry office, and there may also be a religious ceremony. But for the marriage of Alhamzah and Ibtihaj – both younger than 30 – it was not so… love brought them together! Before the marriage, they lived together in an apartment. In October of 2019, they planned to get married on April 11th, 2020. They hoped to hold a big party with 350 guests, but because… Read More

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Volunteers share their experiences

During the Tübingen Intercultural Week, an exhibition will take place in the District Office Tübingen, in which volunteers will share their experiences with refugees. The touching, funny and personal stories are printed on posters, which are placed outside between the buildings of the Tübingen District Office in the Wilhelm-Keil-Straße 50. The exhibition will run from September 29th to November 1st and is free of charge. For the opening of the exhibition on September 28th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., registration at is required latest by September 24th. At the opening, volunteers will also read parts of their stories.… Read More

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