A Multicultural Library


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The Reutlingen municipal library (Stadtbibliothek) is one of the important institutions of cultural life in the city of Reutlingen.

It was newly built in 1985. Beside the main building in the city cntre, there are 10 local branches in the districts. The municipal library is part of the city council department „Kulturamt“. The library is funded by the city of Reutlingen with an estimated amount of 4.5 million euros per annum.
The library owns more than 300,000 media, approximately 1000,000 of which are in the library for adults. It has 20,000 users, of which approx. 1,525 are migrants or refugees from 104 different countries.

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What is „TestDaF“?


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TestDaF is one of the German tests for anyone intending to study at a German university or polytechnical college.

It wasn’t easy but it’s not impossible!

25 year old Tarek Abla came to Germany from Syria in 2015 to build a future for himself and to fulfil his dreams. In order to apply for a place studying mechanical engineering at university he had to meet some fundamental qualifications. One of them was a sufficient knowledge of the German language. Tarek took the TestDaF and was successful. We asked him some questions.

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A kindergarten place for every child!


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There’s also a waiting list for refugee children

Graphic: Katada Fallaha © 08/2017

Finally Mohamad A.’s family got a visa to travel to Germany. The father of 3 children from the Syrian city Homs waited two long years to see his children. On the display of his smartphone was the only way he could see them during this time. Heba (3 years old), Omar (6) and Yussef (7) almost only knew their father from the internet. Only the eldest two had personal memories of their father. But finally they were back together to start a family life in their one bed room apartment.

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What is the right profession for me?


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Many young people do not know what profession they should take.

They have no idea which profession corresponds to their interests and wishes. They have difficulties because they do not have enough information about the German labour market. And they do not know which activities to do specifically in which profession. So what can you do to find a profession that you are suited to?

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