Where would you live, Germany or USA?

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about the education quality I have something to say:
I know there are many top universities in the US and they all beat German universities but college education is not everything.
the most important is the industry and I can tell that German industry is one of the best.

for example:
you won't get real experience in college when you study engineering ,you will get it when you work in companies,right?
 
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YYaa, you said in another thread you stated that you just arrived in the US from Syria on a student VISA and that you are living with your uncle and he's paying your expenses. Do you actually have an opportunity to go to Germany, or is this just a pointless thread?
 
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About the female working situation, also having kids and keeping working in Germany is very hard. There is little supportive infrastructure and as Cthugha there is a social stigma. Not sure how much better it is in the US though.
That depends on where you are and what kind of job you have in Germany. Many universities have their own daily children care centers for university employees and scientific staff. For people with well paying industry jobs, it is typically also not a problem to keep working. It is way more complicated for, say, retail workers as the supportive infrastructure may be expensive and possible employers in this field sometimes tend to avoid employing young mothers as they are allowed to take paid sick leave when their children are ill. The employers will of course never mention that as an official criterion for not hiring somebody as they could be sued for discrimination, but some - especially old-fashioned - employers offering rather low-paying jobs definitely follow this scheme.

In some parts of academia it is the other way round. Getting large grants requires a written gender equality concept and having a reasonable number of female professors and scientific staff is indeed a criterion when getting grants. So in fields which traditionally already have a low number of female students (electrical engineering, physics), it is not untypical that universities inofficially decide to reserve a tenured position for female applicants only. In these fields the working situation of females is actually excellent.

Say, not to steal Yasser's thread, but I was wondering, wouldn't a middle-eastern-looking person feel more at ease in Germany? I've got this completely unempirical feeling that in the post-9/11 US, an Arab might draw strange looks from the locals, who nervously fidget for a phone number to FBI, while trying to spot any loose fuses sticking out of his pocket.
On the other hand, Germany supposedly has got a large Turkish diaspora. While I do realise that equating Turks with Arabs might be an unhealthy activity in the long run, I'm thinking the Germans might simply treat an Arab as just another face in the crowd.
All in all, most Germans will indeed consider Arabs as just another face in the crowd. However, racism typically goes along with poverty and one might actually still witness racism, especially in some completely run down places in former eastern Germany. The rural countryside of the east was more or less left with almost no industry at all after the breakdown of socialism and afterwards many of the young people moved away for going to university or getting a job, while the situation became somewhat hopeless for those who stayed. This situation easily breeds racism. However, the rural countryside also does not have universities and the places having universities are not problematic.

Oh, by the way, in Germany NSA won't be reading your emails. Probably.
Actually he NSA heatmap shows that the amount of data collected by the NSA in Germany is the highest in Europe and roughly comparable to the amount of collected data in China or Saudi-Arabia and higher than the amount collected in Russia.

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/6/8/1370715185657/boundless-heatmap-large-001.jpg

As an Arab living in Germany, I suppose you might also directly cc all of your mails to the NSA.
 
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Evo said:
YYaa, you said in another thread that you started that you just arrived in the US from Syria on a student VISA and that you are living with your uncle and he's paying your expenses. Do you actually have an opportunity to go to Germany, or is this just a pointless thread?
this account was used by some of my relatives who didn't have the intention to sign up ,lol :D
anyway,I am gonna change the password now.
 

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