Tips and help for everyday life in Germany

The brochure “Strengthening the consumer protection skills of refugees. A working aid in simple language” helps refugees to find their way in everyday German consumer life. The topics are briefly explained, followed by practical hints, tips and examples. The brochure also provides checklists, explanatory videos and overviews, often in several languages, e.g. Arabic. Questions on contracts, online shopping, reminders and debt collection agencies, labor and tenancy law, SCHUFA information, banks, loans and insurance are covered. Further information: https://www.verbraucherzentrale.de/sites/default/files/2020-01/AH_Verbraucherschutz_Gefluechtete.pdf tun21081801 “Eine Broschüre der Verbraucherzentrale gibt hilfreiche Tipps in Sachen Banken, Kredite und Versicherungen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.” Latest information… Read More

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Back to school in Baden-Württemberg

Coming Monday, 13 September, school starts for all pupils in Baden-Württemberg. During the first two weeks, masks will be compulsory in schools. Schools usually inform parents in advance by post, e-mail or via the school homepages about other Corona rules in everyday school life and the course of the school year. These rules must be observed from the first day of school. tun21090801 Tübinger Schule. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian. Latest information on Corona: Click here  1,568 total views

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Curfew lifted, meeting with more people

Starting Saturday, May 22nd, the corona regulations are loosened in the District of Tübingen – just in time for the holidays and Pentecost. The number of people infected with corona remains steadily below a certain critical value. Starting Saturday, the curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. has been lifted. This was announced by the Tübingen District Office on its website. Two households with a maximum of five people can again meet in private. Children until the age of 13 (including those), fully vaccinated and recovered don’t count into this number. Retail stores can continue to offer “Click & Meet”.… Read More

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Whitsun holiday programme for children

In Baden-Württemberg there are Whitsun holidays from 25 May to 6 June, 24 May is a bank holiday and also free of school. During these two weeks, various providers organise holiday programmes for children: The city of Tübingen offers, among other things, handicraft and art workshops, English courses and sports events for girls and boys separately or together. Among them are workshops by the media workshop PIXEL. Some offers are free, others are discounted with the KreisBonusCard Junior. Safety distances are observed, for all events you have to register in advance and take a Covid quick test. Further information and… Read More

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Helpline Sexual Abuse

The Helpline Sexual Abuse by N.I.N.A e.V. is offering anonymous consultation as well as help for affected and concerned people. People who experienced sexual abuse during their childhood or youth or are currently experiencing by it, can receive support here. All questions concerning the topic of sexual abuse and child abuse can be asked here. The number is: 0800 44 55 530 You can also contact them by writing an email: beratung@hilfetelefon-missbrauch.de More information under https://nina-info.de tun21020905 Viele junge Menschen erleben sexualisierte Gewalt – für sie bietet N.I.N.A. e.V. ein Hilfetelefon. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Kerstin Markl. Latest information on… Read More

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German ID cards for naturalized persons

Of the people who have fled to Germany since 2014, some now have German citizenship. If you have the naturalization certificate, you must apply for a German identity card or a German passport. The town hall / citizens’ office of the place of residence is responsible for this. In addition to the naturalization certificate, the passport authorities there require an original translated and authenticated birth certificate. These can be issued by an embassy or a German consulate in the country of birth of the naturalized person. With the birth certificate, people prove their identity. Identity has already been checked in… Read More

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Refrigerator bonus

Anyone who has a KreisBonusCard or a KreisBonusCard Extra from the Tübingen district and buys a new and environmentally friendly refrigerator can apply for a 50 euro grant from the Tübingen district. Only refrigerators that were purchased in 2021 and meet the energy efficiency standard A +++ or B (according to the new classification from March 2021) will be funded. In order to be able to apply for the money, you must first have a free basic energy check carried out at the Agency for Climate Protection in the Tübingen district. In addition, an energy advisor from the consumer center… Read More

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Caution against fraud via SMS

During corona, many people order goods over the internet. Fraudsters exploit this. They send links about the shipping of packages via the short messaging system (SMS). These links lead to fake websites. This way, the criminals want to spread malware or gain access to sensible data, such as passwords or credit card numbers. This is called smishing, a composition of SMS and phishing. Internet specialists from the police advice: under no circumstances click on unknown links or files and don’t install unfamiliar apps on the smartphone. Furthermore, the SMS should be deleted. If users click on the link, they should… Read More

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Small purchases

A customer comes to Mohammad in the greengrocer’s and wants to buy a banana. What does one banana do? Do people in Germany live and eat for themselves? Mohammad suspects that many go shopping here because they want to have fun. In Afghanistan, where Mohammad came to Germany from five years ago, people would buy much larger quantities of food. Instead of one kilogram of potatoes, they usually buy three kilograms that would be enough for a medium-sized family for a week. Rice would be fetched by the sack for a whole month. In Afghanistan, shopping is really something different.… Read More

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Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking

In the current issue of the international integration ranking, Germany is longer in the top ten. The “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX) has measured the integration of migrants in 52 countries for the fifth time. Since 2007, an international research team has been studying how different countries support new migrants in being part of the society. Germany’s integration policy has become more restrictive. This is in part a reaction to the “Refugee Summer 2015”. Other countries, such as Ireland, Luxemburg and Spain, have had a more inclusive integration policy in the last five years. As in 2015, Germany’s integration places… Read More

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Let the pig out!

“Let the pig out” is a German expression and means to act out, for example to celebrate at a party. Under this motto, the city museum invites visitors to a family exhibition to guess German proverbs and sayings with all their senses. The proverbs are presented in a room installation: In a darkened room for example there is the opportunity to feel proverbs. At other media stations you can see cartoons and pantomime films. Here, too, there is a playful way to get to know the idioms. Thanks to a floor guidance system and audio guides blind and deaf people… Read More

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Shopping with day ticket in Tübingen continues

In Tübingen, the project “Open with Safety” resumes on Monday, April 19th. This was announced by the Ministry of Social Affairs Baden-Württemberg. Residents of the District of Tübingen can shop with a day ticket in downtown Tübingen’s shops, at least for the time being. As before, they must take a corona rapid test first. This regulation applies for as long as no more than 100 people in the city get newly infected with the coronavirus on three consecutive day within a week. Cinemas and theaters also open – however, with changed hours. Because of the curfew, visitors have to be… Read More

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New regulations for schools and day care centers starting April 19th

Starting Monday, April 19th, schools in Baden-Württemberg have rotating classes with compulsory tests for all grades. During class, distance has to be kept and the different learn-groups can’t meet each other. This is written in the state’s new corona-decree. It is in effect until May 16th. Rotating classes can only take place in districts in which less than 200 people got newly infected with the coronavirus on three consecutive days within a week. If there are more than 200 new infections in this time, students go back to remote learning on the day after tomorrow. They then have to study… Read More

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Fewer contacts and curfew starting April 19th

Baden-Württemberg tightens its corona-regulations, as more and more people are getting infected with the new virus. The regulations go into effect on Monday, April 19th. This is dictated in the state’s new corona-decree. In private, people from one household can now meet with only one other person and their children, if they are younger than 15, from another household.  There is a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Everyone has to be at home during this time – except if they’re on their way to work, to the doctor’s or a meeting from a religious group. Sports outdoors or… Read More

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Return from travel only with test and quarantine

Those who travel abroad must take a corona test before returning to Baden-Württemberg. This applies to everyone traveling by plane, no matter which country they’re arriving from. Children who are under six years old don’t have to get tested. The test can be taken 48 hours before departure at the earliest. Those who don’t have a negative test result are not allowed to board the plane. For now, this regulation applies until May 12th. Travelers who arrive by car or train from a high-risk-area must also get a negative test result before entering. They can register online in advance under… Read More

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Hand gestures for domestic violence

As part of the corona pandemic, domestic violence has risen worldwide. Women and children are affected most often. Consequently, the “Canadian Women’s Foundation” has developed hand gestures, which can save human lives. Without having to speak, victims of domestic violence can show that they need help, for example during a video chat. If one sees a hand gesture such as the one shown here, they can help. Information and support: The violence against women support hotline 08000 116016 The violence against men support hotline 0800 1239900 Child and youth telephone 0800 1110333 https://www.fritz.de/programm/aktuelle-themen/2020/06/handzeichen-fuer-hilfe-hausliche-gewalt-schlaege-notruf-frauen-kinder-zuhause-lockdown-corona-angst.html tun21011902 Latest information on Corona: Click here… Read More

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Gradual increase in the minimum wage 

In 2021 and 2022, the legal minimum wage in Germany will be increased in four stages. In doing so, the German government is following the recommendation made by the Minimum Wage Commission in June 2020.  For 2021, the following applies: the minimum wage will be raised from 9.35 to 9.50 euros gross per hour on January 1, 2021, and then to 9.60 euros on July 1, 2021. For 2022, the following applies: From January 1 to June 30, 2022, the minimum wage will be further increased to 9.82 euros. From July 1 to December 31, 2022, it is expected to… Read More

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Receive child bonus belatedly

In 2020, the child bonus, or Kinderbonus, was paid for around 16 million children. Its aim is to support families during the corona pandemic. A requirement was that the children were entitled to the child benefit for at least a month in 2020. Children who were born in the year 2020 and for whom no application for the child benefit was filed yet, can receive the child bonus belatedly in 2021. Important is to file the application for the child benefit. If receiving it, the child bonus is given automatically. The application for child benefit can be filed directly online.… Read More

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Transportation to corona vaccination center as free “ambulance service”

If the health insurance already pays for the transportation to the family physician, one can also invoice the travel to the corona vaccination center as “ambulance service (Krankenfahrt)”. If one wants to be brough to the vaccination center for free, they need a medical prescription. Family doctors can prescribe these medical prescriptions on the phone. The Ministry for Social Affairs and Health announced this agreement with the health insurances in Baden-Württemberg on January 29th, 2021. tun21020201 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian 19.05.2020. Latest information on Corona: Click here  3,212 total views

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Day care centers and primary schools open gradually

Children suffer from not seeing their friends. Parents are torn between remote working and teaching. The state government wants to change this situation in Baden-Württemberg after the carnival holidays. Starting Monday, February 22nd, day care centers and primary schools will open gradually. This was reported by governor Winfried Kretschmann on Wednesday after the meeting between the federal and state governments. The currents regulations will continue to apply to secondary schools, with the exception of graduating classes. Remote teaching will continue for the students. Kretschmann announced that next opening steps will only be taken, when less than 35 out of 100.000… Read More

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No curfew starting Thursday

In Baden-Württemberg, the nightly curfew will only be in effect for a short while longer. Statewide and for the last time, people will have to be in their homes by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20th, and remain there until 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. This was decided by the Higher Administrative Court in Mannheim. The reason for this decision was an urgent motion filed against this restriction by a woman from Tübingen. The state government introduced the curfew on December 12th, 2020. It is not yet decided, if places with a lot of corona infections will have special nightly… Read More

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Entry bans into Germany starting January 30th

People coming from Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa or Brazil are not allowed entry into Germany, starting Saturday, January 30th. Additionally, the entry ban is in effect for the African countries Lesotho and Eswatini starting on Sunday. The Federal Government is forbidding airlines, train, bus and ship companies the transportation of persons who want to enter Germany from one of these countries. The reason for this is the spread of corona virus variations there. German citizens and foreigners who live in Germany are excepted from this regulation. Transit travelers and goods traffic also continue to be allowed. The regulation… Read More

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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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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 nodirabegim.khalikova@tuebingen.de tun092908 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 23.08.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  565 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: https://www.swp.de/suedwesten/staedte/metzingen/die-justiz-erhaelt-ein-gesicht-23585279.html 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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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 i.kuehle@kreis-tuebingen.de is required latest by September 24th. At the opening, volunteers will also read parts of their stories.… Read More

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