Announcing: Expat Interview Series

I would like to announce a new series on this blog: interviews with expat families living in Germany. Here is what I am planning to do and how you might be able to help me carry it out!

By the latest statistics, there are currently around 7,6 million foreigners living in Germany. Over a million people moved to the country in 2012 alone, this was the highest immigration rate since the early 1990s. In fact, Germany has become the worldwide second most desirable destination for migrants, second only to the USA.

The goal of this expat interview series will be to give a little insight in the lives of families that have chosen Germany to be their home either in the long or the short run. I am interested in the way families manage different languages and cultures, and how they navigate the “German” in their day-to-day lives.

Just to make it clear, I am not using the term “expat” in its German meaning of expats as people with short-term contracts in foreign companies. When I say expats I mean people who live outside the country where they grew up in with no allusions to country of origin, social status, or length of residence.

Calling for interviewees

Sounds interesting? Maybe you would like to participate? I am looking for families that

  • live in Germany,
  • have at least one child, and
  • one or both parents are not native German.

If your family fits to these criteria and you would like to take part in a short interview, you can contact me at ilzele[at] If you know someone who might like to participate, please help me spread the word!

Of course, I will respect your wishes with regards to privacy: if you are uncomfortable with your name or personal details being shared, I will do everything necessary to ensure confidentiality.


Before you leave, take a moment to look at the interviews that have already been completed! Each tells a unique story about life in Germany.

Adriana: Bridging Costa Rica and Germany

Krista: an American in Hesse

Robyn: Embracing New Cultures

Emma: a Multilingual Adventure

Flor: Diving into Germany

One Reply to “Announcing: Expat Interview Series”

  1. Krista Maslo says: Reply

    I’d love to help, but can’t seem to send an email.

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