September 20, 2007


Lack of Women in Eastern Germany Feeds Neo-Nazis: A new study has found that many more women are leaving economically moribund Eastern Germany. The result is a new, frustrated and largely male underclass. And many of them find succor in the neo-Nazi scene. (Der Spiegel, 9/20/07)

The problem has been well known for years: Ever since the mid-1990s, young Eastern Germans have been fleeing the region due to a lack of economic opportunity, hoping to find jobs in the western part of the country. Some 1.5 million have already left the region -- roughly 10 percent of the population of East Germany when the Berlin Wall fell. Even worse, most of those who leave are under 35 and many of them have above average education or training.

But according to a new study released by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, there is another problem that accompanies the migration. Since 1991, more than two-thirds of all those who have left Eastern Germany have been women. The result is that in many towns in the region, there are simply not enough to go around -- some places are missing up to 25 percent of their young women. Even worse, the young men who stay behind are often poorly educated, unemployed and frustrated -- perfect fodder for neo-Nazi groups looking for members.

Hoffer again: "A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business." Hardly surprising that men who can't find women find their own lives meaningless.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2007 7:44 AM

Let me change this sentence slightly.

"Even worse, the young men who stay behind are often poorly educated, unemployed and sexually frustrated -- perfect fodder for jihadi groups looking for cannon fodder."

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2007 9:29 AM

And then there's China, with a huge surplus the commissars will have to manage somehow. A little foreign adventure or two might do the trick...

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 20, 2007 9:56 AM

The larger issue is one we share -- a society of ambitious, educated young women, and young males who aren't.

Posted by: curt at September 20, 2007 12:03 PM

Law of Unintended Consequences anyone?

Posted by: erp at September 20, 2007 12:28 PM

That's not a problem, especially for the husband.

Posted by: oj at September 20, 2007 2:26 PM
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