Kazakh Diaspora in Germany
The largest Kazakh diaspora in Europe consisting of 3,000 people lives in Germany. In total, according to the World Association of Kazakhs, more than 5 million ethnic Kazakh people live in 43 countries around the world.
Zhannet Daribayeva, a resident of Hamburg, a talented music teacher, moved to Germany in 2002. Botagoz Mukhamedzhanova is known as a professional dermatologist with 30 years of experience. The local Kazakh diaspora is quite close-knit, frequent meetings unite and give them the opportunity to speak their native language.
ZHANNET DARIBAYEVA, MUSIC TEACHER:
- I have been teaching since 2007. I give violin, piano, keyboard and block flute lessons in different music schools. We organize Kazakh Society meetings in various organizations in Berlin and here in Hamburg. We always try to stay connected.
Founder and director of the music school in Hamburg, Thomas Lass says he has learnt a lot about the Kazakh people from Zhannet. She quickly finds a common language with children, and their parents love her as well, Thomas Lass added.
THOMAS LASS, DIRECTOR, MUSIC SCHOOL, HAMBURG:
- The talented teacher was hired straightaway. Zhannet is a specialist in her field. She is a violin and piano teacher who gets along with students and their parents. She is a professional and teaches very well.
About 250 Kazakh families live in Germany. Many moved in the early 1990s in a difficult period of economic development. More than one million ethnic Kazakhs have returned to Kazakhstan due to stable economic development and favorable business conditions in the past 10 years.
BOTAGOZ MUKHAMEDZHANOVA, DOCTOR:
- I have been living here for so many years but I always proudly say that I am an ethnic Kazakh. We want to show the world that there are many educated Kazakh people. Kazakh immigrants here show the best sides of the Kazakh nation. The Germans really appreciate our hospitality and kindness, they also value Kazakh professionals.
Famous athletes, doctors, teachers – all Kazakhs living in Hamburg have one common feature: everyone remembers and misses their native land. They keep in touch with each other through social networks and get together every month to speak their native language. The meeting venues resemble a Kazakh home with Kazakhstan’s flag set inside.