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Back to the roots

Izabela Jucha has been living in England and Canada for a long time. Now the Polish woman is back. Family and Brexit were the reasons.

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Inspiring place for science

Researchers at the CASUS Institute develop data-intensive computer models to study the complex interconnections of the effects of global change. The institute will provide forecasts to ecosystems for the next 50 to 100 years. We spoke with two CASUS representatives about how they have settled in the European town.

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Delight across the riverside

Corona nearly did it; the vicious Covid virus nearly blocked the test run for a new cross-country initiative. By the middle of June, Poland’s government announced the decision to reopen their borders. Hence, the organisers of the German-Polish Wine and Treat Fest Coolinaria, scheduled for June 27th, felt some relief.

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The Rhythm of Görlitz-Zgorzelec

11 nations - one ensemble. The Wee Dance Company is one of the absolute favorites at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater. In a small film they show us what they like most about the European city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec.

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Remedy for Loneliness: Flowers

Spring 2020. Perfect weather for sitting in a beer garden. But they are empty, all those beer gardens, the coffee tables abandoned. No children’s laughter to be heard from the playgrounds; they are all closed off. The Corona virus made it necessary to restrict public life, and mostly people are following those restrictions, with more or less understanding. (...)

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Why Görlitz is better than London

For 13 years, Grzegorz Owsian has been living near the Thames. Prior to the Brexit referendum, He returned, and will now be a cook in Görlitz.

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At home on both sides

Agnieszka and Philipp Bormann found each other in Görlitz. They are a German-Polish couple, and that is nothing special for them. Or is it?

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From Dublin to Görlitz

Damian Kuck-Doszko has the appearance of a happy bouncing ball, oozing good mood. Guests who visit the popular restaurant “Jakobs” in Görlitz must act quick if they want to catch him for a chat. When asked about his life, the energy-filled host answers while working the impressively steaming Italian coffee machine, taking orders from guests in German, Polish or English, as well as collecting cash at th...

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The best of both worlds

It was in 2003, as Dr. Dominika Zalewska well remembers, when she decided with her husband to try a new start. Two incomes as medical doctors, she as a gynecologist, he as an accident surgent, were not enough in their experience to properly take care of their family. They became a couple during their medicine studies in Wroclaw, two of their three children were already around by then. Hence, the decision to...

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I feel at home now

A soon as we are greeted by Jaroslaw Kuczynski, we see: This man is happy. The 43-year old has started to work in the Quality Management of BIRKENSTOCK in Görlitz. “My first application immediately worked out”, the former basketball player says. He applied from Manchester. In April 2005, Kuczynski and his wife took their first trip from Warsaw to Great Britain, at first only three months. The trained e...

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Who can organise my staying in Görlitz-Zgorzelec?

You will organise your stay in Görlitz. This site provides pieces of advice for who to contact to obtain information and support with job search, housing issues, language training and administrational concerns. 

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Can I just come to Görlitz-Zgorzelec and search for jobs there?

Yes, you can. There are many hotels and places to rent in Görlitz. Yet, take into consideration that your search for a suitable job can take some time. But, since the housing market in Görlitz is vey diverse, we suggest renting a place, as you find a job.

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Who will finance me during my job search?

The social security from the EU-country of your former residence remains responsible for you. Services may be available for 3 or up to 6 months, depending on the country. (...)

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Can I work in Görlitz without German language skills?

When starting a job in Görlitz, it is suggested to have adequate German skills. Some bigger companies support their employees during their start with language training and further offers. (...)

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What has to be considered with recognition of professional degrees?

Some professions may require recognised degrees before starting a job. Those professions may also include an official exam or a registration at a professional association before starting the job. See more on the database to find out what professions underlie those requirements. (...)

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Will my children get along with the language in Görlitz?

One special situation in Görlitz-Zgorzelec is the variety of bilingual kindergarten and schools. Many children attend institutions on the other side of town or use free-time offers. Usually, children may learn languages of their surrounding very quickly, yet in school, lacking language skills can cause problems. You can support your children with learning German before they attend school.  (...)

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Is my health insurance covered when I come to Görlitz?

Yes. You continue to be covered by your current health insurance, until you start a new job and register at a German health insurance company. The payments and recompense of an unwilling health insurance coverage can be simplified by the presentation of your European health insurance card. Further information can be found on the European Info-Portal.  (...)

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How can I transfer money to Görlitz?

As EU citizen, you can easily open a private bank account in Görlitz or Zgorzelec. For this, you need a valid passport. (...)

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Can I relocate my company to be seated in Görlitz?

Yes. The promotion of trade and industry in the Europastadt GörlitzZgorzelec GmbH supports you with formalities. Some professions may require a recognized specialist or master craftsmen certificate. (...)

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Do I need a work permit?

Citizens with the nationality of an EU member state and from other countries, who already possess a working permit for the EU resp. a residence authorisation, are free to choose to live and work in Görlitz. (...)

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How can I organise the move?

First, you have to search for a moving company experienced with international moving. Before packing your belongings to move, please check all your necessary papers. Check whether your passport, ID, drivers’ license and health insurance card are still valid. (...)

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Can I bring my pet?

Sure, you can bring your pet. It needs an EU passport to certify that the animal is vaccinated and carries an ISO microchip. Dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies. (...)

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