Eastern Europe's Workers Go West, Where the Jobs Are

Young Eastern Europeans go west, leaving their governments at risk
Elevated view of Frankfurt at night Photograph by Guy Vanderelst

Momchil Hristov, 33, doesn’t think he’ll go back to Bulgaria anytime soon. His girlfriend and his son live with him in Berlin, where he works as an engineer in a machine shop. He has friends in town, also Bulgarians, who look forward to retiring and spending their German pensions at home on the Black Sea. Igor Garcia, 38, has worked in Munich for eight years. He, too, might wait until retirement to return to Spain. The old are more valued there and besides, he says, “I would like to go to the beach.”

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