The journalists created 12 fake identities, each of them a single professional in their mid-twenties who could write in perfect German. The only difference between them was that some of them had German names, while the others had Turkish, Arabic, Polish or Italian names.

Using the fake identities, the journalists sent 20,000 viewing requests for apartments in ten of Germany's biggest cities. In 8,000 cases, they received replies.

The results showed that people with Turkish or Arabic names have a particularly hard time of it on the rental market. 

For every successful attempt to view a property by someone with a German name, someone with a Turkish or Arabic name would be overlooked on every fourth occasion.

And Turkish men had the toughest time of all. They did not receive a positive reply in a third of cases where Germans did. Turkish women, on the other hand, were ignored in 16 percent of cases where Germans were accepted.

But the investigation also showed discrimination against Poles and Italians. People with Polish names did not receive an invite in 12 percent of cases where a German did, while that figure was 8 percent for Italians.

Stark variations were also observed between the different cities.

In the competitive rental markets in Munich and Frankfurt, people with foreign names were most likely to face discrimination. In the Bavarian capital, those with non-German names did not receive a positive answer in almost one in two cases where a German did get a reply - in Frankfurt in every third case.

In Leipzig and Magdeburg on the other hand, flat-hunters with foreign names were discriminated against in less than one in every five cases.

The study also showed that private landlords are more likely to reject a someone with a foreign-sounding name than commercial landlords.

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The Saturday evening weather was beautiful, the location was excellent, the fans were beautifully dressed and eager but ready to be entertained but instead H_art The Band Seduced the sexy fans into esctacy with their melodic sounds.

H_art the Band, a trio from Kenya, came to Hamburg on June the 24th, 2017, to end their 3 city Europe tour.  The tour started in Amsterdam, went through Berlin, and then ended in Hamburg.

Although the turn out could have been better, the entire event was a great success.  The band laughed, danced, joked, and sang for the beautiful ladies who came to the event.

H_art the band is comprised of 3 brothers who met each at the Kenyan National Theatre and then formed a group.  They are Wachira Gatama a.k.a Skoko, Kenneth Muya a.k.a kenchezmuya and Mordecai Mwini who simply goes by Mordecai.

The name H_art Means art from the heart. The underscore is the bridge between the heart and art because aside from music they also do art as well which makes them artistic people.

The event was organized by Miss Kenya Germany Organization.  It took place at the Shulterblatt-Hause 73 in the Sternchanze region of Hamburg, Germany. It lasted for over 3 hours.

Man attacks Lesbian Couple in Berlin
 
A man attacked a lesbian couple in the centre of Berlin on Sunday afternoon as they were sitting on a park bench.
 
The 30-year-old approached the women and started talking to them in English. When they told him they weren't interested in a conversation, he went away.But shortly later he returned and stood right in front of one of the pair, who pushed him away. He immediately reacted by kicking and punching her in the head.
 
When the women’s 28-year-old girlfriend tried to defend her, the man threw a bottle at her head and began to strangle her. The woman fell to the floor and lost consciousness.
 
Bypassers who were alerted to the assault were able to restrain the man until police arrived.
 
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Amidst African community outrage, police in Munich have launched investigations into an incident in which two security guards were filmed forcefully removing a man from a metro train.

The man, said to be a 48-year-old Nigerian, was reportedly removed from the train at Leuchtenbergring station in Munich, Germany. He appeared to have no valid ticket as the inspectors came up to him during the check. They then asked him to show an ID card and pay a €60 fine, according to the reporter Natalija Miletic who filmed the incident. The man, however, only had €9 in cash, which he reportedly needed for food. The inspectors collected the €9, saying he still owed the rest.

Video footage show the man resisting efforts by Deutsche Bahn guards to eject him from the S-Bahn train.

As the man grips on to handrails inside the carriage, with many commuters looking on, one guard keeps him in a headlock while the other attempts to loosen his grip on the rails and lift up his legs.

The man is not violent towards the guards and does not say anything. At one point he yells out in pain.

Once dragged off the train the commuter was held down on the platform, with pressure applied to the back of his head.

Miletic objected to the way the man was handled, accusing the Deutsche Bahn personnel of being “racist”. The reporter is heard in the video saying: “This is absolutely not okay what you’re doing. The guy didn’t do anything to you guys. You should be ashamed of yourself.

“This is racist what you’re doing. Why are you doing this? It’s because he’s black.”

The man also says: “Tell me what I did?”

Local media report that a complaint of grievous bodily harm has been lodged with the police.

Both Deutsche Bahn and the police are investigating the incident, calling for witnesses to come forward.

Deutsche Bahn told German media it was “concerned” about the incident and “regretted” the violence seen in the video.

The company says the two guards involved in the incident are currently not doing any control duty.

Meanwhile, members of the African community have been expressing their outrage over the incident with many commentators describing the incident as an indication of the racist abuse which Black people experience in their dealings with some law-enforcement agents.

Felix Dappah

2 Men Attack 3 Women in Berlin Theater

Three women were physically attacked and threatened with a knife on Sunday evening when they asked two male cinema-goers to put out their cigarettes.
The two men, both 21 years of age, were sitting in the row in front of the women in a cinema in the Tiergarten neighbourhood when the incident occurred, police report.

But instead of stubbing out their cigarettes, they turned around, hit the women in the face, ripped at their clothes and then threatened them with a knife.

The young men then fled from the cinema in a taxi. But the women were able to note down the taxi number, leading police to arrest the pair shortly afterwards.

The women were treated at the scene by medics.

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Nigerian man brutally dragged off a train in Munich: Does it look like racism? Nigerian Scholars in Germany Speak About  The Train Incident.

The Facebook video uploaded by Natalija Miletichttps://www.facebook.com/natalija.mi.75?lst=1453513993%3A100005263113718%3A1498644463 which appeared to show a man said to be a 48-year-old Nigerian, being savagely dragged out of a train for reportedly refusing to provide his ID and pay a fine for not having a ticket has been viewed more than one million times and has generated a fierce debate in Germany and Nigeria as to whether the brutal action of the Two ticket inspectors of the Deutsche Bahn amounted to racism or not.

Four young Nigerian scholars have decided to join the debate on the L.O.L show on TopAfric and have offered a strong rebuke of the behaviour of one of the parties involved. Ewa Ade, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering masters student at Technical University Hamburg, Ade Adedeji, Ph.D. candidate in Psychosocial medicine at the University Hospital Hamburg. Edward James,Business Informatics student at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Uche Ilechukwu, Information engineering student at the Hamburg Univeristy of applied sciences. Host of the L.O.L show on TopAfric is Daio Sadiku.

Find out by watching the video and join the debate by providing your opinions in the comment section below.

German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, has revealed that 13,000 Nigerians are currently seeking asylum in Germany. The reasons they gave for their applications, according to the ambassador, range from insecurity arising from Boko Haram insurgency to political persecution in Nigeria.

Ambassador Schlagheck however hinted that his country was not convinced that there is political persecution in Nigeria at the moment.

He said: “There are 13,000 asylum applications in Germany. We are legally required to know if the person (applying) has been persecuted for political reasons.

“Think of Nigeria the way you want but there is no political persecution here. The likelihood that most of these absurd applications will be rejected is almost 90 to 99 percent.”

Ambassador Schlagheck made the revelations on Wednesday in Abuja when the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora led by its chairman, Hon. Rita Orji, visited the German embassy on oversight functions.

Noting the cordial relationship that had existed between Nigeria and Germany over the years, Schlagheck said that Germany’s visa processes were not cumbersome for people with genuine economic and educational intentions.

“For people wishing to study in Germany, it is not difficult to get a visa. It is easier than you think. It requires filing the details or you can just go to our website,” he advised. He also stated that there were Nigerians in Germany “who were willing to return”, because “the pastures are not green”.

Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, a top German official, had during a visit to the Nigerian presidency in Abuja on 7 February revealed that there were more than 12,000 Nigerian asylum-seekers in his country and the overwhelming majority of them had practically no chances of being successful with their claims.

Sanftenberg, who is Global Head of programme, Migration and Development at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, revealed that between then and the end of next year, Germany intends to deport more than 12,000 Nigerians.

Nigerian nationals have the highest rejection rate of asylum applications made by Africans in Europe, according to a 2016 report of the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

Kola Tella with NAN report

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