The international crowd really likes Düsseldorf. This fact showed again yesterday at a discussion between 25 expatriates and the first mayor of Düsseldorf, Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. The international professionals joined Immigrant Spirit GmbH for a tour of the historic Rathaus of Düsseldorf and an hour long conversation with Ms. Strack-Zimmermann.
The expatriates enjoy the international flair of Düsseldorf, the tolerance of its citizens and the rich offers for shopping, sport and cultural life. According to the First Mayor Strack-Zimmermann there are currently over 180 nations represented in Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf is a city with one of the highest qualities of living in the world. According to Mercer Düsseldorf is currently ranked 6h in a list of over 200 cities worldwide.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann: 18 million people in a 2 hour radius around Düsseldorf
The international community in Düsseldorf is very active itself as well: They organize a huge variety of social and cultural events. (The “Japan Day” of Düsseldorf is famous far beyond the borders of the town). Another big “plus” that the crowd of skilled immigrants mentioned: Düsseldorf has huge advantages for travellers (both professional and leisure) as well: The international Airport Düsseldorf is right in the center of Europe. Most capitals of Europe can be reached in a few hours. “There are 18 million people living within a 2 hours circle around Düsseldorf”, says Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann.
A concern of the international professionals in Düsseldorf is the “Integrationskurs”. This is a combined offer of German language course and cultural background information. The participation is required for all foreigners who wish to apply for German citizenship. The expatriates complained that most of these courses are in the morning – when professionals have to be at work. The First Mayor promised to look into this issue and provide help.
Immigrant Spirit GmbH wins international talent for German corporations. Unlike most recruitment companies the work of Immigrant Spirit doesn’t stop here. The company provides “their” expats with a personal culture coach for one year. This “emotional anchor” helps international talent to become effective in the German business culture. The coach also introduces social and business contacts and helps the expatriate to define personal goals for her stay in Germany. This helps to reduce the number of failed assignments drastically.
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