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Saturday, April 30, 2005


Schuh, meet anderer Fuss

The Guardian (UK) introduces us to Georg Dewas,

one of a growing number of Germans who, unable to find work at home, have left to find employment in neighbouring Austria or Switzerland, often as waiters, bar staff, or even cleaners.

It was, of course, the Germans who invented the word Gastarbeiter, or "guest worker", to describe the 2 million-plus Turks who came to Germany in the 1960s and 1970s to take on low-paid jobs that the Germans were reluctant to do...

"Germans, especially from east Germany, simply can't find jobs," Mr Dewas told the Guardian. "It's impossible. In Austria it's much easier to find a job these days, though it's also easier to be fired."

(Emphasis added; hat tip: NRO.)

Hmmm... easier to hire and easier to fire... think there may be any connection there, Herr Dewas?

It has been that way for years. According to the latest data from the Economist, comparative rates of unemployment are
  • 4.6% in Austria
  • 11.8% in Germany

One last dig:
...Germans are poised to overtake Turks as the biggest group of migrant workers (in Austria).

Schadenfreude, here I come, right back where I started frommm....


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