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Greetings,

My partner was recently contacted by a recruiter for a possible opportunity in Aachen. I'd like to have more information before we waste anybody's time. I am an American of South American origin, typical Mediterranean/mestizo looks. I always felt more or less comfortable in the USA and Canada but have had bad experiences here in the south of France, where I am currently located. I have no interest in moving to another region with a similarly (bad) attitude towards immigrants.

Any information about what life in Aachen is like for visible minorities would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
 

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Greetings,

My partner was recently contacted by a recruiter for a possible opportunity in Aachen. I'd like to have more information before we waste anybody's time. I am an American of South American origin, typical Mediterranean/mestizo looks. I always felt more or less comfortable in the USA and Canada but have had bad experiences here in the south of France, where I am currently located. I have no interest in moving to another region with a similarly (bad) attitude towards immigrants.

Any information about what life in Aachen is like for visible minorities would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
Hello there!

Since nobody from Aachen seems to be on here, I´ll try to give you a long-distance estimate as a wife of somebody who part of a visible minority.

In general, I would say, the bigger the city, the better. It pains me to say but I´d also stick to West-German places (with exceptions and that does not mean that everybody born and raised in the former western part is tolerant and pleasant towards minorities nor that all East Germans are xenophobic. I just know that there are places where I will not go with my husband, because we feel uncomfortable). As Aachen is as far west as you can go within Germany, no worries there, lol. ;)

Aachen is not really big but I think big enough. It has a university, so there should be a fair amount of international students. It is also in an enviable location, bordering on the Benelux countries, which is great for travelling and -again- generally speaking, towns close to the borders of our neighbouring countries tend to be more open and accepting due to a long history of trade and exchange with other cultures.

I visited once and found it lovely.

Is there a possibility to spend a weekend in Aachen to see how you feel there?
 

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Hello there!

Since nobody from Aachen seems to be on here, I´ll try to give you a long-distance estimate as a wife of somebody who part of a visible minority.

In general, I would say, the bigger the city, the better. It pains me to say but I´d also stick to West-German places (with exceptions and that does not mean that everybody born and raised in the former western part is tolerant and pleasant towards minorities nor that all East Germans are xenophobic. I just know that there are places where I will not go with my husband, because we feel uncomfortable). As Aachen is as far west as you can go within Germany, no worries there, lol. ;)

Aachen is not really big but I think big enough. It has a university, so there should be a fair amount of international students. It is also in an enviable location, bordering on the Benelux countries, which is great for travelling and -again- generally speaking, towns close to the borders of our neighbouring countries tend to be more open and accepting due to a long history of trade and exchange with other cultures.

I visited once and found it lovely.

Is there a possibility to spend a weekend in Aachen to see how you feel there?
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful reply. Yes, a visit would definitely be in order should he become a serious candidate for the position.

I've read a lot that Western Germany is more tolerant, so I'm glad to hear you confirm that. The size of Aachen worried me a bit but then I realised that it's bigger than the town I'm currently living in, LOL! and I was indeed reassured when I saw that university is located there - something that's missing here. Now, I just have to check Wunderground for Aachen's weather history. ;-)

Thanks again for the reply, I really appreciate it!
 
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