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SIBE: Dual Degree for Academic Newcomers

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It is currently not easy for newcomers with academic qualifications to enter the job market in Germany. In order to bring academic job seekers and German companies together, the Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) has launched the brand new programme "Perspectives" which will allow newcomers to obtain a dual degree. Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) is a private, state-approved German university with 20 years of experience in international programmes. Several of SIBE's courses integrate academic study with practical work experience in a partner company.

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Sorry, you are an overqualified refugee

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Reaching a final definition of the word “refugee”, to be easily found in dictionaries, easily classified, easily put in practice and dealt with, has been the focus on German sociologists over the past two years. What we witness of late is an ineffectual controversy concerning the classification of refugees as war refugees or economic migrants. Thousands of articles, news reports and surveys show astonishment at refugees taking out smartphone wrapped up in nylon from their wet pockets upon reaching the shores of one of the Greek islands to reassure their loved ones that they have reached the European Mainland safely. And one cannot help but ask, is the use of smartphones unsuitable to qualify as a refugee? Must a refugee be helpless, destitute, illiterate and poor to win the title? What about the university degrees, experience and qualifications that a large number of the newcomers hold? Should one be branded as an “economic migrant” if they aspire to a job that befits his or her scientific and practical qualifications? Disappointment and frustration seize many, especially those who have completed their academic achievements outside Europe and used to have prosperous careers in their home countries. Those people today suffer mainly of two contradictory factors: First, their woes are underestimated because their appearance does not match what is expected by stereotypes on refugees; Second, their skills in different fields are underestimated and their employment confined to unpopular, difficult and less paying fields like restaurants and nursing. A large part of refugees, especially those with university degrees, need to continue in language courses after level B1 in order to increase their chances to find the right job. However, this is rather arduous as the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) covers the integration course costs only up to that level. Today, we ...

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German woman to refugees: Thank you for coming to Germany

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By Kerstin Hack This is what I want to say to all of you: thank you for coming to Germany! When I think of all of you who came to my country in last year or before that, I feel deeply thankful. There are two reasons for my thankfulness. The first one is related to our history. My nation has been partly or fully responsible for starting two huge wars and killing millions of people because of their political views, their sexual orientation or because of their race like Jews, Romans and others. 70 years ago we were the most hated nation on planet Earth. Both of my Grandfathers were involved in these wars. I do not know if they killed people whose grandchildren now come back to us – i.e. from former Yugoslavia. And then many people in my nation asked God to forgive us and asked other nations to forgive us and did what we could do to repair some of the damage. And we received mercy from God and from people. We could rebuild our nation, we could also rebuild trust. There might be some of you who came to our nation simply because it is rich. That´s ok. But I believe that most of you chose Germany because you trusted that we would treat you well. This brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for trusting us. Thank you for coming to us. I know that this is not your first choice. Many of you have lost everything you owned, people you love and some of you even lost their health. I cannot really imagine what it is like, or feel it the right way. I wish that you did not have to come here;. not for our sake, but for yours. I wish you could ...

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Human Dignity: Article 1 of the German Constitution

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By Barbara Meincke Article 1 of the German Constitution begins as follows: ”Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.“ Not only is human dignity the starting point of the German Constitution; Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) by the United Nations reads similarly: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.“ In Germany most people would agree that human dignity is an important if not essential value of our society. But when ask what this dignity entails opinions differ. Some believe that dignity is something you have to earn, that having dignity depends on achievements, status, or behaviour. However, this is not what the German Constitution means when it says: “Human dignity shall be inviolable“. This dignity is the dignity that each and every human being has just because he is a human being. It does not depend on behaviour, or merits. it cannot be achieved, and consequently “lost“, but it can be violated, especially by acts that deny a human being its humanness, like racism, slavery and torture. Article 1 of the German Constitution forbids all acts that violate human dignity. It is not a coincidence that human dignity is protected by the first of many articles of the Constitution – its position underlines the importance of this fundamental right. It is at the core of everything the German Society is based upon. Each and every human being has dignity, and no state authority must ever undertake to violate it. Some years ago there was a heated debate in Germany regarding the justification of torture under specific circumstances. There were, for example, voices arguing that torture should be justified if it saves others’ lives. It would go far beyond the ...

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