People are leaving their homes: either for a short term, to explore the world and to gather new experiences – or long-term, to settle down somewhere else. Some want to leave their homes, others have to.

The Alumniportal’s new focus topic is called Setting out – People on the move. The focus of our attention will be Germany-Alumni who set out, who are on the move: They are currently studying abroad or they used to live in foreign country or maybe traveled extensively. They may have returned to their home country, they could be employers looking for experts with international experience, or scientists working in a global context.

But you also set out when you go on holidays or emigrate – or even if you are forced to flee from your home. Setting out often means learning a foreign language, becoming integrated into a new society or gathering intercultural experience. Thus, setting out and being on the move can bring about a change of perspective: We learn new things and see things from a new point of view.

We want to know why people cross national borders and how they fare. Furthermore, we will look at some of the social and political issues that arise from migration, professional mobility and tourism.

Would you like to contribute to our focus topic? You could become an active member of our Community group “Neue Perspektiven auf Migration und Entwicklung”. We are looking forward to your contributions!

How do alumni experience the return to their home countries after an extended period of studying or working in Germany? The international teams who took part in the 2016 Hands-on Project “Setting out – People on the move”! addressed this and other interesting questions. The alumni and their own personal stories of returning to their home countries were at the centre of interest.

An independent jury has now selected the best stories. Are you curious to know why winner Victa Wewerinke did not want to return to Mexico without coriander and parsley? Learn more about her and other Germany-Alumni with exciting biographies and dive into their stories.

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Tell us your opinion: What does home mean for you?

Beyond your birthplace, how does home manifest for you? Is it familiar people or personal things? Certain locations or treasured memories? And can a foreign country – like Germany – become something like home? We are looking forward to reading your statements in the Community!

Is there such a thing as climate-neutral travel?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to travel anywhere in the world using any means of transport we liked without harming the climate? Is this a realistic proposal and, if so, how would it work? Are carbon offsets a genuine way of tackling climate change or are consumers simply being sold a modern form of indulgences

China as an example for the challenges when moving abroad

A different language, a different mentality and often a completely different culture – going abroad for some time to work or study means facing all of this. Which are the biggest social and cultural challenges and how can we try to feel at home in a foreign country?