Forced into a new life: immigration in Germany


Anna Meindl, Staff Writer

Imagine you leave your home at the age of thirteen to go to Europe without anyone or anything because of the civil war at home. Your hopes are to start a new life there. But nobody wants you. Well, that’s what more than one million people did to come to Germany since 2016.

The Germans weren’t prepared, but still had to handle the “problem”. With so many people immigrating at the same time, everybody needs a place to sleep, food, water, clothes and some needed to see a doctor without speaking German or English. Many German inhabitants didn’t welcome the refugees at all, which made helping them even harder.

My school at home created two classes for the arriving children, so that arriving children had the possibility to learn German and to eventually graduate. But if you walked through the hallways you’d see that others were watching them because they didn’t trust them. Their parents sat at home and hoped that their asylum is granted, the only way for them to legally get work, and, as a result, most of the time they don’t have the the possibility to take part in any German classes. Therefore, they hang around, doing nothing and being bored, which often gets them into trouble.

My uncle has two Afghanis as foster children, and one of them, Lalwali, got so bored that he started to sell drugs. He was so depressed that there was no place on school for him while his “brother” Masiullah went to school every day with a chance to receive vocational trainings.

Masiullah almost had to leave the country, despite speaking German well and having reasonable marks. The threat was due to missing forms, which he tried to bring in but the administration didn’t accept them because they thought they could be forgeries. This is a typical problem for refugees in Germany.  My aunt “saved” him by proving to the administration that he’s underage. They simply made a radiography from the left hand skeleton, which can help to guess the age more precisely.  An underage student is not treated the same as a young adult “of age”.

But I don’t understand why some Germans support racist ideas in the form of anti-immigration. Some people are afraid of losing their apartment, job etc. or they are not open-minded to new and different cultures. So the politics have been drifting to the right, which brings thoughts of 1933 again, and some are worried that we didn’t learn from our history.