It’s time we stop asking ‘where are you from?’ in Germany

Flags in Stuttgart (l) and people obtaining German citizenship (r). Photos: DPA

When a study published last week revealed that foreigners in Germany with a visible migration background experience discrimination far more often than foreigners who appear “typically German,” it resonated with The Local’s Shelley Pascual.

 

In the study, carried out by the Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), responses from over 5,000 immigrants and people with a migrant background across Germany were collected.

Of those who described their appearance as “typically German,” around 17 percent stated they felt disadvantaged because of their roots. By contrast, 48 percent of participants with a visible immigration background (e.g. those who have dark skin or wear a headscarf) reported having experienced discrimination.

According to these respondents, discrimination can come in many forms: violence, unfairness with regard to the search for jobs and housing, offensive statements as well as statements that may not necessarily be considered negative by the person saying it – including the often-asked question, “where are you actually from?”

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An Artsy Fartsy Weekend

Having checked out a bunch of art events in town this past weekend, I really had the chance to connect with the creative side of me that used to draw, paint, set type, bind books, etc.

Immersing myself in all this creativity made me realize that though I’m not pursuing art/design professionally right now, it’s still a huge part of me and I don’t define myself solely by my current career path.

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