Meet you in Deutz
Turks were, by far, not the first guest workers that German firms recruited. In the 1950s and 1960s, laborers from Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain preceded them. The website Angekommen (The Arrivals)
offers an oral history of the immigrants who came to work in German factories and mines. One side looks at the Italians who worked in the mines in the Ruhr Valley
. The other part looks at the voyages of Portuguese and Spanish citizens
as they were recruited and processed and home, and sent by trains to the train station in Deutz (Cologne's right bank). Armando Rodrigues de Sá
, who left Canas de Senhorim, Portugal to become the 1 millionth guestworker to arrive in Germany. He was awarded a moped.