Having Chitchat With Some New Berliners
According to the Berlin-Brandenburg National Office of Statistics, more than 450 000 foreign residents, coming from 190 different countries, currently live in Berlin. As a new Berliner, you have the possibility on our streets to get to know 190 different cultures. 450 000 foreign residents means 450 000 different histories.
But statistics and quotas for foreigners do not give a complete description of re-settling in another country. Starting over in a foreign land also involves untold cultural histories, financial problems, language difficulties, and numerous other unforeseen circumstances.
Because people are more than just statistics, presented here are some small histories of "new" Berliners.
He considers his time in Berlin to be a mostly positive experience with both the people and the city, although he has lived through some bitter situations: "In my everyday life I experience a subtle level of racism, these many small experiences can add up to a larger burden, which can be depressing."
His goal is to graduate successfully and live here with his wife and daughter. For that reason he currently works as an assistant in a supermarket. Gökhan isn't concerned with what sort of job or status he has, because in his opinion to enjoy a high standard of living in Germany, you need only valid documentation.