The topic of the month: The return of migrant workers from Germany to Slovenia
Barbara Medved Cvikl stimulated the reflection about this topic. During the Slovene world congress in Ljubljana she presented the results of her graduate theme, done in the chair of Geography (Faculty of arts) at professor Jernej Zupančič. She won the student Prešeren Award for this theme with the title The return of migrant workers from Germany to Slovenia.
Since in the middle of the 60`s the Slovene immigration has been one of the most numerical in Germany because of cultural and geographic nearness between two States, liberal migrant politics and many social historical factors such as the agrarian overpopulatin of Slovenia and the intensive development of German postwar industry. Therefore we are not surprised, that in the time of Slovene contemporary history (1990-2006) the dimension of returning immigrants from Germany is the most perceivable. Into the original regions the immigrant precious knowledges, experiences, capital, formal and informal migration networks arrive and with these migration networks they have important influence on social, economic and cultural development of the original regions.
A talk with the successful fellow countrywoman :Tanya Pliberšek, ministress for residential questions and woman`s problem
We found the name of Tanya Pliberšek, young descendant of the Slovenes from Sydney, on the official sides of Australian parliament and its Ministers. (Australian Federal Government Ministers – House of Representatives). Tanya Pliberšek, with university education, memberess of ALP, Australian Labour Party, and memberess of the Australian parliament for Sydney county (63 square kilometres), is ministress for residential questions and woman`s problem. »I wished to change some matters and I still try to improve them. Not only my children worry me but also I fight for the better life of the other children and of course for their mothers, specially when they are single mothers«, among other said Mrs. Plibersek about her work.
OUR NOTES : Conclusion of Seminar on Slovene language for the teachers from South America nad Australia
From 18th to 28th in January 2009 Laško and Ljubljana hosted the Seminar on Slovene language for the teachers, that teach Slovene and other subjects in the Slovene language in South America nad Australia. This time on Seminar 19 participants were present (among those present were 17 from Argentina, 1 from Brazil and 1 from Australia). The Seminar was financed by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenes Abroad and Ministry of Education and Sport. The National education Institute prepared the competent programme of the Seminar and its organization of the execution in Laško and Ljubljana. The Seminar concluded with a cultural performance, prepared by the teachers, that presented the new acquired proficiency and skills and the experiences of the people and Slovenia with a poem, play, declamation and photo projection. They made a strong emotional atmosphere, which touched all present to the heart. The participants and the participantins of the concluding performance were saluted by Mrs. Alenka Kovšca, State (female) Secretary of Ministry of Education and Sport and dr. Boris Jesih, State Secretary of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenes Abroad.