Which country is your home

Your opinion is asked: What does home mean to you?

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Familiar landscapes, sounds and smells, a common language, family or friends - home means something different for everyone.

For many people that is homeland connected to a fixed place: the place of birth. But an old English proverb reads “Home is where the heart is” - or as the German singer Herbert Grönemeyer puts it: “homeland is not a place, home is a feeling! "

Everyone knows what it's like to be homesick, so his homeland to miss. In the homeland you feel belonging and secure. homeland can provide orientation and be a secure anchor in the fast-moving world. But there are also people who feel homeless because they are theirs homeland had to leave.

We asked Germany alumni what home means to them - here are some answers:

  • “For me, home means a feeling of belonging; at home is where the heart feels completely at ease. This can be the place of birth, but it doesn't have to be. I feel safe in this place; I want to go back again and again and can stay there for a long time without getting bored.

    The Philippines are my home and Germany is my second home. I keep it in my heart. I love everything about this country. Home is a place that plays a major role in life. "

    Ana Riza Mendoza from the Philippines

  • “For me, there are two important components necessary to feel at home: security and security. What I mean by that is that I am comfortable enough to perform my duties to society and safe enough to be able to relax mentally and physically. And then familiarity plays an important role. "

    Leo Mutisya from Kenya

  • “The foreign can become familiar and develop into a home if the change in values ​​experienced in the foreign agrees with one's own principles and wishes.

    Home is the place where you feel comfortable and secure, where you can feel the warmth of the heart and feel surrounded and embraced by love and affection. The place where you can unfold yourselves unconditionally and realize yourself on all levels and not have to constantly fight for your own rights. The place where justice, democracy and equal opportunities are practiced. Germany is a second home for me. "

    Rachida Zoubid from Morocco

  • “I always look forward to going home because I know that all the stress will be gone there. I can come up with new thoughts there and see things from a different perspective. At home I have full freedom to think up something new. Yes, although I was only in Germany for a short time, the feeling of "less stress" arose and I felt like developing new ideas. "

    Arturo Mariano Figueroa from the Philippines

  • “Home doesn't necessarily have to be a geographical location. I feel at home when I feel comfortable, as a family member, as a member of society, as a friend among friends and as a citizen of a country. A place where I feel safe. Feeling good also means that my surroundings evoke deep feelings in me. I am happy when my community is doing well and I am concerned and unhappy when my surroundings are unsupported but damaged, endangered and unsafe.

    I was born in Indonesia; there is my home of land and water, a physical place. Indonesia also means memories of my wonderful childhood, of the place my family and friends belong to. You are part of my life. Germany was the first foreign country I lived in. A country that later became just as much a part of my life as Indonesia. When I return to this country it feels like I'm coming home. The stability and certainty there give me a feeling of great security. I know Germany like my hometown. In Germany I found new family and new friends, a place where I feel at home with them. "

    Novel Meilanie from Indonesia

  • “I have never been to Germany, and although I love my beautiful homeland and its wonderful people very much, I still identify with Germany in spirit: My culture, my old and new songs, these old stories and fairy tales and the most beautiful language are there . My heart longs for them and so I set my internal clock forward by six hours.

    But I have the great advantage of having two beautiful and beloved home countries. I am trapped in this beautiful, big paradise, whose people still have a lot to learn to make it big one day. But in the end I don't stay completely at home in either country, because in one I feel like a stranger and in the other I am certainly considered a foreigner. "

    Alejandro Giraldo from Colombia

  • “Home is where your heart lives - peaceful, calm and relaxed. You feel safe and secure there. You can rest on the bank of the brook, which calms your heart and mind. "

    Mary Ann L. Reyes from the Philippines

  • “I now feel at home in Germany. It has become my second home. "

    Nino Fejzibegovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Photo (c) Julia Kühn

  • “For me, the term home doesn't necessarily refer to a specific place. It's more about experiences, feelings, memories and people. "

    Lily Wang from China