July 7, 2006

WHY WOULD ANYONE STAY WHO CARES ABOUT THE FUTURE?:

>Germans hit road in search for jobs (Kate Connolly, 08/07/2006, Daily Telegraph)

More Germans are emigrating than at any time since the war, driven from home by unemployment or the search for better job prospects.

Around 145,000 mainly young people turned their backs on the country last year, more than at any time since 1945, and almost a three-fold increase since the 1980s, according to the Federal Office of Statistics.

The favoured countries were America, followed by Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Britain and France.

Doctors and academics constitute the largest groups of those leaving. Doctors in particular are choosing to move to Switzerland and Britain, where they are better paid and have to do less overtime.

Young scientists and researchers are moving to the United States, where universities are better funded.

The figures reflect Germany's chronically high unemployment rate of about 10.5 per cent.

But the real emigration figure is believed to be even higher, since many émigrés do not tell the authorities that they are leaving. At the same time about 500,000 so-called "gastarbeiter", or foreign guest workers, left the country largely because there was not enough work.


Isn't the press going to have trouble reconciling this with all their stories about our decline in science?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2006 10:46 PM
Comments

You mean future American cars will have those ghastly electrical failures, too?

Posted by: ghostcat at July 8, 2006 12:01 AM
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