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New version of guide for new arrivals is launched

02.10.2012 From our online archive
The City of Luxembourg has launched a free essential guide for new arrivals in Luxembourg, listing information on everything from meeting new people to finding a job.

The City of Luxembourg has launched a free essential guide for new arrivals in Luxembourg, listing information on everything from meeting new people to finding a job.

Just Arrived 2012-2013 has more than 450 pages of useful contacts and advice on getting settled in the capital city. It is written in both French and English in order to appeal to as many new arrivals as possible.

Speaking at the book's launch on Tuesday, city mayor Xavier Bettel said: “In a city where 66 percent of the population are foreign nationals, a guide like this is very important.”

The mayor added that the capital's population was constantly growing, with an average monthly increase of 300 new residents. With the city's population expected to exceed the 100,000 mark during the coming weeks, he said that the book's launch was particularly pertinent.

15,000 copies of the book, which cost 35,000 euros to produce, will be distributed at the Bierger Center to new arrivals and among a number of companies recruiting foreign nationals.

It is the second edition of its kind to be produced through a collaboration between the Ville de Luxembourg and editors Pia Béraud-Sudrea and Sandrine Pelsser- Banales.

“After the last edition came out we received a lot of emails from readers who were very enthusiastic. That motivated us to continue,” explained Pia Béraud-Sudrea, who was herself at one time a new arrival in Luxembourg. She added: “There was one new arrival who found a copy in their letter box which a neighbour or another foreign national had left them. That kind of feedback is really satisfying for us.”

As well as updating the contacts, the two editors have expanded on the integration section, adding information about the Welcome Contract, offering free language lessons to non-Luxembourg nationals, as well as a larger section on cultural activities in the capital.

Copies of Just Arrived 2012-2013 are available from the Bierger Center or they can be downloaded from www.vdl.lu

Hard copies are reserved for new arrivals to the city only.