July 31, 2007

A DAY WITHOUT MEXICANS:

Finding a Polish plumber is no joke in Warsaw (Patryk Wasilewski, 7/31/07, Reuters)

In western Europe, the Polish plumber has become the cliche of a low-paid immigrant who has profited from the European Union's eastward expansion.

In Poland, it is no joke.

The former communist country is short of everything from plumbers to pilots and that is pushing up wages dramatically and encouraging inflation, which threaten to choke off Poland's own economic boom.


Immigrants will be writing their own tickets in short order.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 31, 2007 9:31 PM
Comments

Sure, the legal ones.

The illegals will be getting tickets.

Posted by: darryl at August 1, 2007 1:41 AM

Airline.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2007 9:01 AM

I suppose this is a special case of a "brain drain." Maybe we can call it a "drain drain."

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at August 1, 2007 11:06 AM

Immigration within the EU may be completely legal, but calling it "unregulated" is a bit of a stretch, since there are all sorts of social barriers that exist. I saw plenty of "Dutch Only" signs posted outside Holland employment offices only a few years ago.

Posted by: b at August 1, 2007 11:38 AM
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