The first Ugandan Asians to take up an offer to settle in West Germany arrived in Bonn on Tuesday (January 23).
The first Ugandan Asians to take up an offer to settle in West Germany arrived in Bonn on Tuesday (January 23). West Germany offered to take a total of 1,000 Asian British passport holders, expelled from Uganda by President Idi Amin last year. By Tuesday, only thirty had taken up the offer.
After arrival in West German military aircraft in Bonn, they were taken to a reception camp at Massen near Dortmund where they will spend two or three months learning German and, if necessary, training for new jobs. Most of the group had spent some months in Britain after being expelled from Uganda. None of them speaks more than a few words of German and none of them has work yet. However, West German officials are confident there will be no difficulty finding jobs for them.
SYNOPSIS: The first Ugandan Asians to take up an offer of a home in West Germany arrived at Bonn Airport on Tuesday.
Some of the first arrivals were virtually penniless, but all were optimistic of their future in a new country. West Germany offered to take a thousand British Asian passport holders who had been expelled from Uganda last year by President Idi Amin's Government. By Tuesday, about thirty had taken advantage of the West German offer. Most of the families had spent several uncertain months in British transit camps before coming to West Germany.
West German officials say they are confident the Asians will find jobs although none of them speaks more than a few words of German.
After arrival at Bonn, the first group was taken to a reception camp here at Massen near Dortmund. Officials said the Ugandans would be well cared for by West Germany. The type and amount of financial aid they would receive would be determined later.
One of the first gifts for the new arrivals....English-German dictionaries. They will spend between two and three months at the reception centres learning German.
Some of the new arrivals will also retrain for new jobs. But in a country with thousands of employment vacancies and a record of employing large numbers of foreign workers, the Ugandans are not expected to have any difficulty finding jobs.