Is Germany a land of equal opportunity? - Flipping the Script.

“Our children should have a better life than ours.” That has long been a motivation for the pursuit of social mobility in Germany. It can happen over several generations and some Germans make the leap within their own lifetime. But does Germany offer enough opportunities for social mobility?

To discuss this, we have two guests. Aman Sharma immigrated from India and went from restaurant worker to successful entrepreneur. He says: "Any one in Germany can make it – It’s just a matter of attitude."

Lisa Zimmermann studies social work and feels that as the daughter of a long-term unemployed father, she faces structural barriers.

Chapters

00:00 - Introduction
00:58 - Yes or no: In Germany, anyone can go from rags to riches.
06:05 - Yes or no: Society has made it harder for me than it has for others.
12:53 - Yes or no: More than 10 years of schooling did not prepare me for a successful career.
17:46 - Yes or no: In Germany, you remain poor if your parents were poor.
23:15 - Politicians reflect on “Flipping the Script”

Politicians in the audience:

Patrick Sensburg, CDU
Bianca Praetorius, CDU
Serpil Midyatli, SPD
Karamba Diaby, SPD
Orkan Özdemir, SPD
Georg Kössler, The Greens
Marcel Emmerich, The Greens
Laura Schieritz, FDP
Nemir Ali, FDP
Robert Fietzke, The Left
Melanie Wery-Sims, The Left
Charlie Birner, The Left

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