If you live in Berlin or have visited sometime in the last 12 years, it’s likely you have seen him — he’s the man who rides a heavily adorned bicycle across the city every day, blowing on a whistle, pumping his arms and blasting the football chant Olé, Olé, Olé. When young newcomers arrive in Berlin today, high on the city’s hopeful energy, it’s never long before somebody one-ups them with the classic line: “Berlin was so much better five years ago.” Aydin has been here for nearly half a century now. But he reckons that for Berlin’s newcomers, the best is yet to come. And he’s fighting every day to try to get us there.
In this Issue:
A history of Turks in Germany
The reverse migration of German vocabulary
Activists, volunteers and do-gooders
Intergenerational migrant friendship
The Aydin Akin Starter Pack
Welcome to NANSEN, a super-personal print magazine about migration. Get to know one migrant per issue, as we hone in on the minutiae of lives lived away from home – moments all migrants can relate to and many non-migrants will, too.
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