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Germans Go East

From the Wall Street Journal:

As Poland’s Workers Flee to West, Germans Go East
Poland has seen many of its workers leave in pursuit of better-paying jobs in Western Europe. The shrinking labor pool has spurred an unusual migratory trend eastward, as German workers cross the border to fill the gap, reports Brett Neely for public radio’s Marketplace Morning Report.

Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, many skilled workers have departed for jobs in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The exodus has left construction workers in particularly short supply in Poland.

Meanwhile, Germany’s construction market has weakened, prompting German companies to take on building projects in Poland. The companies bring both workers and their own supplies, which can cost less in Germany. While the expatriates are paid German wages that are substantially higher than the going rates in Poland, a construction company official tells Mr. Neely that hiring top-flight employees who are able to work quickly offsets the higher costs. “We belong to Europe,” says a German mason working in southwestern Poland. “The Poles go to England, and we’re coming here.”


Re: Germans Go East

The world's gone mad.

Re: Germans Go East

Now we just need a neu "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" and the circle will be complete.