There has been undoubtedly a sharp increase of foreign population living in Berlin for the last 8-6 years. This continuous flow of very different people from around the world has both brought a new dynamism and great changes to the city. This new state of affairs is perfectly normal to us expats as we belong this movement and we have no to little idea of how the city looked like before this “rebirth”. However, to original local Berliners, their environment has drastically changed over the past few years, raising mixed feelings like excitement, suspicion, joy, or fear among others.
I will try to present here what Berliners friends felt about Berlin’s new face, expats, and change. By doing so, i hope to give a clearer view of what locals think of expats here.