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  1. The end of the Vorrangprinzip?

      I think Germany is undergoing the same forces as most of the world, the pressure to educate up. From my own work and that of my wife's, I can certainly say that there are many many overeducated but underemployed people in academia. Sadly, but there aren't simply the jobs or demands for nearly so many, even in some STEM subjects. It's stereotype, but there is truth in it.    I think many Bachelor grads here assume that immediately doing a Masters is the next step, because, well... because. Prestige or something. Conditions are not always all that stringent to enter either, so it just becomes a kind of career-delaying a la the old Magister system. Just my experience. Education is a good thing, but you want to be able buy food or even nice things from time to time.  
  2. The end of the Vorrangprinzip?

    Before the 2000s or so, it was certainly true that highly educated immigrants were under-utilized. And I mean, you can certainly understand the challenge... not all foreign credentials are 1 to 1. No way is a legal doctorate from Ethiopia going to compare well in Canada, nor a medical degree from Iraq, for better or worse. It should have some weight, though.  Things are changing, too. If you look at job ads, Canada usually asks for a degree "from a Canadian university", but these days there are a lot more adult (re-)education programs to bridge this "local experience" deficit (... from public universities or colleges which charge rates that would make Germans riot, but anyway...). Costs notwithstanding, I think it's the way to go. To be fair, Germany has responded somewhat well to the latest refugee swell, with a bridging year/other programs at universities and access to Ausbildungen.   A lot immigrants rely on ethnic networks to get them jobs in certain industries where maybe their uncle who's been here 20 years already works... It's not very rigid, and of course mixed, but you will notice in Canada certain jobs with a preponderance of immigrant backgrounds. Real estate by Chinese and Persians, construction by Italians and Portuguese, taxi drivers from Somalia, Eritrea, Pakistan, etc, industrial kitchen workers from Sri Lanka, oil workers from Newfoundland, nannies and nurses from the Philippines or Caribbean. (To say nothing of how much skill some of these jobs do require!) Their children raised in Canadian schools go on to become engineers and doctors... or sometimes working stiffs like everyone else.   Canada gets some "low-skilled" seasonal labour from Latin America and the Caribbean indirectly regulated by NAFTA, basically. Although I'm not sure yet with the new USMCA how that factors in. These are summer vegetable picking jobs, cleaning gigs, etc. There was a scandal some years back when -- to no one's surprise -- large restaurant chains were seen to be misusing these labour import quotas (permissible to pay below minimum wage) for serving staff and kitchen work, claiming no locals could be found... 
  3. The end of the Vorrangprinzip?

    Aye, but most of those are internal EU migrations, many of which do not stay permanently. Net migration is closer to 400k if you look at just one year, and that's still from digesting the middle eastern political situation. The non-EU immigrants come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq (mostly as refugees, naturally...). The largest EU blocs are Romanians, Poles, Bulgarians, Albanians... Looking for a better life, yes, but generally starting from near the bottom as far as Germany is concerned.   BAMF appartchiks are well aware this is not going to save Germany's pension system. (Or should be...) As far as 'skilled migrants', Germany is simply less attractive.   In case anyone gets the wrong idea I am not anti-immigration, but pretending immigration is the silver bullet for all future economic woes is a bit pollyanna... 
  4. German & American Dating/LDR

    LDR are hard to establish if the distance is already there from the start. They work, when at all, if the relationship already existed before the distance... Just my experience.   You found her when over here, she was not seeking a LDR. Looking for a willing romantic partner is hard enough for heteros who live near each other. For lesbians doing the distance thing, whew. So, I can certainly appreciate and sympathize with how you feel. But you need to detach a little here... To echo the others, she is just not that into you (they are NOT mixed signals, they are obvious red flags). Your e-stalking of this woman is not healthy. If it were going to happen, you wouldn't be wondering. Let her come to you, and if not, accept that. In the meantime, keep fishing.   If I am allowed an insensitive joke (told to me by a lesbian flatmate many many years ago): What does a lesbian bring on her second date? A U-Haul. 
  5. The end of the Vorrangprinzip?

    IMO at least, the rule is (was) mostly used as an excuse not to hire foreigners rather than preventing them from being hired, as in 'Ooooops, silly foreigner, don't make us tap the sign'. It is easy enough to get around for most jobs (maybe not for mid-level exec positions or in a sensitive industry, I don't know).   Now, if Germany can release its death grip on its One-Right-Wayism for job entry, it might have a chance. But 500,000 new high-skilled foreigners won't make a lick of difference when they're given brooms by the State and told 'here, go sweep'. (Nevermind that 500,000 will simply not happen, and will only increase AfD returns**.) Even Germans who -- Gott bewahre! -- try to switch careers sideways to even half-related areas find it hard enough. Germany will have to be more flexible in its scrutinising of job qualifications, and I wouldn't hold my breath on that front. I mean, claps on the back all around for Ausbildungen, but you are not going to attract many skilled highly-educated immigrants if you tell them they have to study everything all over again just for the German paperwork (naturally, after they get caught up in language).    Realistically, Germany would require streams of adult re-education to 'top-up' foreign credentials (if they aren't to be trusted, i.e. from corrupt developing countries), and more allowance in general of foreign credentials (EU or non-EU). Germany is hardly the only country that is parochial, but it IS pretty darn parochial. Once again, I won't hold my breath.   **For reference, Canada and Australia, considered major countries of immigration, take about +/- 200k new immigrants per year. The UK, 250-270k (mostly EU and commonwealth). The US takes about a million legal migrants per year, many of whom are 'change of status', who are already somehow present in the country. Illegal migrants may be 50k per year, but its seasonal and many don't stay forever. (Naturally, not all immigrants stay forever anywhere). Germany would thus have to be a more attractive destination for highly skilled migrants (which by and large, it is not) than the anglo bloc. Russia also has a lot of migrants, mostly post-soviet central Asians, as do the Arab petro-sheikhdoms, mostly in the form of sub-continental peons or Filipino/Malay maids.   Germany is looking mostly at internal EU migration of course, but I doubt other EU countries will be too happy with a massive brain drain to Das Vaterland on the order of half a million per year.    If I had to look into my crystal ball, I'd predict a tightening of immigration laws. As for refugees, we ain't seen nothing yet once climate change kicks into gear.
  6. I love living in Germany, but...

    A former boss of mine (female, and eastern European) would bring her new partner to seasonal events, and he always did this too. Of course I eventually learned what his game was, but the first time we met, he directly offered me his hand, I went to shake it, but then he made this face as if I had failed a test, and then shook my girlfriend's hand first, then making a point to shake a few other women's hands who were there too. Like WTF is that about, you dick? Our boss was such a genuinely friendly down-to-earth woman I wondered why she was with this tryhard douche (in his late 50s, spiky hair, Ed Hardy muscle shirts, fresh midlife crisis tattoos, etc.).
  7. I love living in Germany, but...

    Poor things. They're lonely of course! Put out a bowl of milk for them and they'd never leave you.
  8. I love living in Germany, but...

    At least one hockey stick's length. Check-out lanes and shopping aisles are positively claustrophobic here in comparison! Honestly, we have more space and we use it (sometimes too much, i.e. horribly dull, car-dependent, cookie-cutter suburbs filled with cheap drywall 'mansions').   As I said, I'm used to it now after living over 8 years here in D-land, but I recall this as something that really got on my nerves the first couple years.
  9. I love living in Germany, but...

    I mean, I don't like it, but I figure they are stuck in their ways -- you just have to accept that's how they (but not all...) are. It does depend where you are, too, I'm very weary of painting all Germany with the same brush... But anyway, it is not because they are evil or mean, they just don't know any better. I feel sorry for them more than anything. Think about how their society could be improved by just a few simple actions on the tiny everyday level. So, as that corny old adage goes, you have to be the change you want to see in the world.   For example, despite the fact holding doors seldom gets any acknowledgment or thanks, I still do it because I think it's plain good manners. And if someone should ever hold the door for me, I always say a loud 'Vielen Dank!' etc. I know if I were to go home and behave in a "German way", it would generally be taken as rude as hell, so I try to keep true to my upbringing. So much for integration.    And if you listen to how even Germans moan about how grouchy a lot of their compatriots here are (Oh, you come from XYZ? Why would you want to come HERE?!), I get the impression that they will be secretly impressed and envious of your good manners and warm-hearted ways.   Next time someone stares in a weird way, say a friendly hello and watch what happens.
  10. I love living in Germany, but...

    Indeed, you just get used to the way it is here. Concern for "the unknown stranger" is not really built in to German culture. People are perfectly nice and considerate -- if they know you -- if not, you're virtually invisible... At this stage, I just accept it, but it is a fault.
  11. I love living in Germany, but...

    Were you speaking Portuguese? Or had an obvious accent? You might want to consider that they weren't angry, nor at you, but simply "curious", so you may be analyzing it a bit much. I do notice that Germans stare -- or at least hold eye contact for a couple seconds longer -- but what makes more unnerving is that seldom does anyone ever say anything or nod hello or whatever.    I'm from Canada, a land which has a muuuuuch bigger sense of "personal space" than any Europeans. For example, I often feel Germans stand so close to you when waiting in a line they're practically counting hairs on the back of your neck. I'm used to it now, but it really annoyed me the first few years here. Also people in grocery stores for example, they will stand right in front of you without a word, completely blocking your view of whatever you're looking at, to grab what they need, totally oblivious. Forget about saying excuse me, or moving themselves/their trolley out of the way if blocking an aisle.    This still happens all the time, and is one of the few things that really irritates me still. A little polite "entschuldigung" is all it takes.  
  12. I love living in Germany, but...

    Exactly this.  Of course, some older/remote roads may not have them (telltale signs are a lack of tar scars in the asphalt...), but sensors are more and more common.
  13. I love living in Germany, but...

    In school, children do learn some bicycle traffic rules. Older generations will have not had this though, and the kids may not actually put into practice what they learn... 
  14. I love living in Germany, but...

      This is so painfully true, it's one of the basic codings for programming a German person...    Although the majority of German people may not jaywalk in comparison to other nationalities, I still see it enough on a daily basis, so it's not enough Germans as a rule never jaywalk. Not enough to justify the stereotype in my mind... Plus I see loads of cyclists -- mainly university student aged -- who zip through intersections as they please. (I'm a daily rain-or-shine cyclist myself. I have seen several accidents involving copious blood and a couple times exposed bone, so I am always amazed at the risks taken...)    
  15. I love living in Germany, but...

    Kind of agree here. But German private (pleb) banking is very no-risk conservative... My Canadian account now has a small fraction of my German account, yet I still get about $40 interest a year there and absolutely every service is free, whereas here I am charged about €40 a year and get zero (sorry, 0.01) interest and plenty of fees, and still they always spam their crappy low-yield stodgy financial products. I always wonder who bothers?