Germans vote with their feet

Dec 31 2005 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Hundreds of thousands of Germans are voting with their feet and leaving the country in the hope of finding better prospects abroad.

Indeed according to Reuters, more than 150,000 Germans packed their bags and left in 2004, many of them skilled professionals, representing the greatest exodus in any single year since the late 1940s.

"The poor chance of finding jobs at home is the main reason they're leaving," Bade told Stern magazine in a cover story that gave Germans useful tips on how to emigrate.

Ö. Some countries, such as Australia, are now actively recruiting Germans with skills at their embassies in Berlin. In a bizarre twist of fate, construction companies in northern Italy have recently been hiring Germans for low skill jobs.

Reuters | Germans leaving country to escape unemployment