☄️ ☄️ ☄️ AN ASTEROID EXPLODED OVER BERLIN LAST WEEKEND
What’s on this week? An asteroid exploded over Berlin on Sunday and you can see the footage. The German population grew in 2023 thanks to an influx of foreigners. An Uzbek Eats review from Exberliner. One German village in Bavaria is a model for migration.
We cover all this and more in our 27/01/2024 edition of The Berlin Life newsletter.
General Community News
News from The Berlin Life community.
⭐ We held our first community mixer of 2024 at Brewdog Friedrichshain last Wednesday. It was soooo much fun and a pleasure to meet some of you IRL. Our next meetup is going to be a good one too! It’s a women-only networking dinner on February 14 (Valentine’s Day). It’s a cheesy day to celebrate, but why not have fun with it? Admission is free, so sign up now. 💓
⭐ Did you Berlin Life community members can qualify for discounts and savings with different local companies? To name a couple:
– Wolt – Order takeout, flowers, and groceries with Wolt. Download their app and use promo code 968W7 to get €5 off your first three orders.
– Uber Eats- Order takeout, flowers, and groceries via Uber Eats. Download their app and use promo code eats-cherylh421 to get €10 off your first two orders of €20 or more.
View even more partner options.
⭐ Read last week’s newsletter: Germany Will Finally Allow Dual Citizenship and There’s a Tough Fight Ahead. Or check out our archives.
Food For Thought
Interesting articles about the art of looking for work, humourous memes, or other useful gems floating around the web.
⭐ If you’re looking to get your German citizenship, you can practice the citizenship test online with this great new tool from Arbeit Now. 🇩🇪
⭐ As humans we’re all biased and it’s something that affects many of us during the recruiting process, whether you’re the one being interviewed or the one doing the interviewing. Sifted goes through the biases that everyone should be aware of when seeking out new talent.
⭐ We focus a lot of tech jobs in this newsletter and I want to change that up. If you work (or want to work) as an electrician or systems mechanic, check out the PowerUs job portal for employment opportunities.
⭐ As always, Berlin Tech Workers has a great line-up of interesting events. Check their calendar to attend one of their social meetups or their reading group meetups where they will next be reading and discussing, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin by Sareeta Amrute.
⭐ Get tickets to the Xena Summit, set to take place on Feb 29 in Berlin. “The Xena Tech Summit 2024 brings together tech leaders, DE&I advocates, and change-makers committed to building a more equitable and inclusive tech industry.” ♀
German Startup News
German startups that recently received funding, were acquired, built up staff, etc., and could be good places to look for jobs.
Note: Some companies don’t have any job openings and in those cases, I’ll link to their company’s LinkedIn page. If you like the company, give them a follow for news and job postings. You can also consider sending them a cold or unsolicited job application.
News in Germany
All of the news in Germany.
⭐ Asteroid detected just hours before it exploded over Berlin – Amid all of the other news in Germany, a small asteroid exploded over Berlin last weekend. See the footage. ☄️
⭐ Video: What’s it like to launch a start-up as an immigrant in Germany? – It’s not easy to start a business in Germany and it’s even tougher if you’re a foreigner and “Only about a fifth of close to 2500 start-ups were launched by first- or second-generation immigrants in 2023.”
⭐ Consumers in Germany ‘spending less’ as recession drags on – The recession has people feeling nervous about their financial well-being, with many holding off on big and unnecessary purchases.
⭐ German Bundesrat to debate dual citizenship law on February 2nd – The next step in getting the citizenship laws to pass happens this coming week.
⭐ Germany’s population grows by 300,000, driven by migration – More people died than were born in 2023 and migration continues to give the population a boost.
⭐ Why Germany could soon see an end to its teacher shortage – Low birth rates sadly solve Germany’s teacher shortage.
⭐ Uzbek Eats: Central Asian food at its finest – Go on a culinary adventure and check out the delicious food at Uzbeck Eats.
⭐ Video: This German village is embracing integration – A small village in Bavaria is a beacon of hope, as the town welcomes people of all backgrounds and makes them feel welcome in Germany with language support, jobs, and more.
⭐ Berlin: The third best city in the world? – First, it was Leipzig and now it’s the capital, with Berlin being ranked as the third-best city in the world by Time Out magazine. I guess the judges never had to search for an apartment or visit the foreigner’s office in Berlin. 🙃
⭐ Germany’s top court rules far-right party’s ideology makes it ineligible for funding -The former NPD party (which is even more far-right than the AfD) will not be able to receive state funding “because its values and goals are unconstitutional and aimed at destroying the country’s democracy.”
⭐ In terms of how potential migrants to Germany are feeling right now, read Germany: Would-be migrant workers worried by growing racism and those thinking about getting citizenship are feeling it too – OPINION: Even with German citizenship reform foreigners must be wary of lurch to the far-right. The latter piece has strong words to make you pause when considering life in Germany as a foreigner – “To be frank: all the demonstrations in support of people like us are all very well and good, but what would be even better would be a country where almost a third of the population aren’t actively considering voting for a party in which barely-reconstructed Nazi Björn Höcke holds sway.”
How We Can Help
Some of the good stuff offered by the Berlin Life.
In yet another demonstration of how far Germany lags in technology, the Deutsche Bahn wants an employee with Windows 3.11 experience, an OS that was released in 1991! Germany is now the world’s third-biggest economy. A four-meter-long dead python was found in Berlin. Staff at Hamburg’s foreigner’s office took bribes to issue residence permits to people who didn’t meet the requirements. 💸
Germans are consuming less beer and will soon be paying more for meat. Your German citizenship application will be denied if you’re on social security benefits like unemployment. Berlin is having yet another election. Berlinale invited AfD members to some of their events and only disinvited them after getting publicly shamed.
New citizenship laws passed another administrative marker. Munich isn’t Germany’s most expensive city like you may think. Bavaria wants to be the “California of Europe”. Inflation fell to its lowest point since 2021. The AfD doesn’t only want to deport immigrants – they want Germany to “Dexit”.
Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life
Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.
A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech.
My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.
The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.