No list of “conspicuous” refugees in Tübingen

The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg has prohibited the city of Tübingen from using police data for a list of “conspicuous” asylum seekers. This is the result of a press release issued by the data protection commissioner on October 5th. The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a formal prohibition order on the matter. The city of Tübingen had included the data of asylum seekers in a list. These people had allegedly attracted attention through certain types of behavior, mostly brutal crimes (e.g. robbery, assault). The press release of the Data Protection Commissioner speaks of… Read More

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Administrative issues? – Call 115!

How do I apply for a child passport? Am I entitled to money to support caring for others? These and many other questions arise when something changes in life and you must submit documents or applications to the authorities. It is often very time-consuming to find the right information about procedures and deadlines as well as legal claims on the Internet. That is why there is the public helpline number: 115. If, for example, questions arise about care, parenthood, moving, studying or other administrative needs, you can call 115 and the staff will give you the answers. For this purpose,… 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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Germany, the immigration country: Migrants underrepresented in better paid jobs

By Ute Kaiser More than every third person in Baden-Württemberg has a migration background. According to the State Statistical Office, this meant about 3.7 million people or 33.8 percent of the state’s population last year. In Baden-Württemberg, their proportion was above the nationwide average. There, 21.2 million people (26.0 percent of the population) had a migration background the previous year. This is an increase of 2.1 percent, however, according to the Federal Statistical Office, it was the weakest percentage increase since 2011. Based on the authority’s definition, someone has an immigration background if they themselves or at least one of… Read More

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Tübingen for democracy, tolerance and cosmopolitanism

The municipal council of the university town of Tübingen unanimously passed a resolution on July 2nd, 2020, which deals with the values ​​for which Tübingen stands. The resolution says that the city is a cosmopolitan and tolerant city, where people of many nationalities, cultures and religions are at home. “Together we stand for an open urban society that is based on humanity, tolerance, democracy, cultural diversity and solidarity”, emphasize the municipal councils. The statement continues, declaring that “We firmly reject misanthropy, racism and anti-Semitism. There is no understanding and no justification for them. ” The city needs debate and different… Read More

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Malina receives human rights award

The award arrived per post due to the Corona pandemic. The Tübingen Human Rights Week Association awarded the Tübingen Human Rights Award 2020 to Ruben Malina from the Asylum Center Tübingen. The social worker is the fourth award winner. The jury recognized his commitment. Whether in the Café International, the football project “Bolz am Bach” or in the streetwork project “PASST!”, Malina gives his best everywhere. The Asylum Center sees the award as “great recognition” for his work and that of the entire Asylum Center, according to a statement by them. The honored thanked in a video for the price.… Read More

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Almost 80 million people fled in 2019

More and more people are leaving their homes because of wars or economic collapses. Almost 80 million people worldwide were displaced in 2019. That is about one percent of the entire world population. The number of refugees and displaced persons has almost doubled in the past ten years. Around 40 percent of the refugees in 2019 were children under the age of 18, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR in its annual report. More than two thirds of the refugees who seek protection outside their country come from only five countries: 6.6 million from Syria, 3.7 million from Venezuela,… Read More

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Secret Service prisons in Syria: The Shell

Some consider the novel “The Shell” to be the most important book for understanding Syria. It was published in German in 2019. The author, Mustafa Khalifa, describes his experiences of imprisonment in prisons of the Syrian secret services in the literary form of diary entries. He himself spent 12 years of his life in these prisons, four of them in the infamous desert prison of Tadmor. About 10,000 prisoners are said to be locked up there permanently. Khalifa describes precisely and factually experiences of torture and humiliation in the secret interior of the Syrian regime. This regime bases its power,… Read More

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Corona: Situation in Nigeria

By Bright Edosa Igbinovia Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja is leading the struggle against the Corona virus. The government of Nigeria has drawn consequences from the crisis of Ebola from 2014 and has improved their health care. The first confirmed case of the pandemic of “Coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) in Nigeria was announced on the 27th February 2020. The total confirmed cases: 6175 infected, 1644 survivors and 191 deaths (18.05.2020, source: Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)). The Nigerian government announced a ban on international flights on the… Read More

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Amnesty: Targeted attacks on schools and clinics in Syria

The human rights organization Amnesty International accuses Syrian and Russian troops of war crimes. They had targeted hospitals and schools in the northwest of the country, between May 2019 and February 2020. Amnesty wrote in the recently published report of at least 18 attacks, including two with barrel bombs. The report is based on more than 70 interviews with eyewitnesses, doctors, teachers, but also employees of the United Nations. Researchers also analyzed photos, videos, satellite data and radio communications for Amnesty. www.amnesty.de/sites/default/files/2020-05/Amnesty-Bericht-Syrien-Idlib-Angriffe-auf-Krankenhaeuser-und-Schulen-Mai-2020.PDF tun051201 Foto: Amnesty International wirft syrischen und russischen Truppen Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien vor, tünews INTERNATIONAL, 12.05.2020 Latest information… Read More

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