Friday, July 1, 2011

Reverse migration - the beginning of the story

The new York Times has this wonderful article on "A Polish Lifeline for an Ailing German Town" discussing how Poles are settling in Eastern Germany, largely because of cheaper real estate (sic!), and giving these lands a new lease of life.

Isn't this shocking? Who would have predicted it 20, 10, or even 5 years ago?

And this is only the beginning: Poland and other EU-10 countries will soon experience, for the first time in many centuries, a halt of outbound emigration (settling in German borderland notwithstanding) and growing inflow of immigrants from abroad.

Yet, like with the Polish-German story from the NYT, hardly anyone is predicting it, hardly anyone is thinking about it, hardly anyone is getting prepared. Will we be shocked in 2020 again?

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