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Blurred identities for Muslim émigrés in Germany
by Thameen Kheetan
He has been living for six years in Berlin, and is married to a German woman, yet Rabee [who gave only one name] has no German friends.
The 22-year-old Muslim Lebanese, who emigrated to Germany illegally in search of better work opportunities, is part of an about 120,000-strong Arab community whose members reside in Berlin but have limited interaction with Germans and other Europeans.
Many of them fear integration in German society would mean they would have to abandon their identity, including cultural and religious practices. Some say the German society has failed to accommodate them even after tens of years of living in the country, while others blame the emigrants themselves for not taking enough steps to become part of the society.
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