Identity Blurred for Many Immigrants
National identity can be tricky for immigrants in Germany, even those with German passports like the Celikkol family of Berlin.
“I personally believe that I belong here,” says Nilgün Celikkol, who left Turkey with her family at age 7 and attended Berlin’s E.O. Plauen Elementary School in the 1970s. “I don’t feel like I’m a guest-worker child; I feel like I’m an immigrant.”
That doesn’t mean Celikkol, who is married with two school-age daughters and is a university-educated teacher’s assistant, thinks...
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