On a Wednesday morning, I took the Berlin Metro Line 7 to Hermannplatz Station. As soon as I got out of the station, I saw the newly opened market. Passing through stalls selling fresh fruits, flowers, bread, sausages and honey, and walking past several graffiti walls, you will arrive at Refugio Café in a short time. Refugio comes from Spanish and means shelter.
The coffee shop is located in the Neuköll district of Berlin, with many immigrants. The walls of the coffee shop are painted a green with a little gray tone, and the big red seats are randomly placed in every corner. The woven cushion on the wooden bench is very distinctive. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the coffee shop, you can just see the rose-red wall on the opposite side, which echoes the decoration style of the shop, which is very bright and exotic. The cafe upstairs is a leased property, and friends from all over the world are welcome to stay.
A barista came over to greet me and asked me what I would like to drink. He asked me to first look at the paintings displayed in the store, which are the works of immigrant artists that can be sold. I found a seat by the window. At this time, there were not too many customers in the store, so I chatted casually with the barista.
The barista named Abrahamner is a Syrian who came to Germany as a refugee five years ago. While in Syria, he was engaged in digital product maintenance and software installation. The war caused him to leave his hometown and come to Germany. Most of his relatives are still living in dire straits. For example, his sister in Syria is now struggling with economic difficulties.
Abrahamner asked me: “Do you know how much money my sister can make in a month by working 8 to 10 hours a day?” Before I could answer, he immediately gave the answer: “Only 12 euros a month. People are I can’t imagine the life situation there.”
He feels that he is lucky. He has the opportunity to come to Germany, participate in barista training, and get a job offer. Abrahamner speaks fluent German.
I asked him, when did he start learning German? He told me that when he first came to Germany, he could only speak Arabic. At first, he took German lessons while attending professional training and working in a cafe. This is the most unforgettable time since he came to Germany. In the first two or three months, he could only use body language and Arabic numerals to complete his work in the coffee shop.
Fortunately, the guests are very tolerant and friendly to him, and the colleagues are also very enthusiastic to help him. He is not afraid of communicating with people and making mistakes, so he quickly overcomes the language difficulty. He feels that people can learn a lot from their mistakes.
I asked him if he wanted home. He was silent for a while and said: “Every day I drink a lot of cups of coffee, because when I drink coffee, I can think of the happy days of drinking coffee and blowing the sea breeze with my relatives and friends in my hometown near the sea.” He is very satisfied with his current state. , I like my job very much. Coffee has made him a lot of friends and he has a deeper understanding of German society. Soon there was a visitor in the coffee shop, and he got up and continued to go busy.
The refugee problem in Germany has always been the focus of German society. In 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “We can do it!” when facing the refugee tide, became a famous historical saying. In 2015 alone, nearly 1 million people applied for asylum in Germany.
Everyone is most concerned about whether refugees can integrate well into German society. A survey conducted by the German Labor Market and Employment Research Institute in 2020 showed: “Since 2013, the number of German refugees who have successfully gotten jobs has been less than half of the total.” The employment situation has just improved, and the new crown epidemic has been severely affected The impact has caused many refugees to lose their jobs. What I heard in this Berlin cafe was the story of a lucky and hopeful refugee who came to Germany, and what about the story of those refugees who hope to be disillusioned in Germany?