Itâ€™s strange that Europeâ€™s biggest high-speed booming economy should have any trouble keeping its own people at home these days. But when youâ€™re an exporting powerhouse like Germany (the worldâ€™s number three in armaments, for example, and number one in advice) that just goes with the turf, I guess. Whatever the case may be, more Germans left Deutschland last year than since 1954.
Despite being a workerâ€™s paradise where everyone swings serenely in a cushy â€œsocial market economyâ€ hammock, or so the common myth goes, many well-educated and qualified German workers and academics obviously think otherwise (or perhaps donâ€™t find that all that terribly rewarding) and continue to leave the country in droves.
Personally, Iâ€™m shocked and even shattered in places. That these wayward and spoiled only children would leave the rest of their not-so-hard-working countrymen behind them to hold the bag or â€œsocial netâ€ without them like this, why these socially irresponsible parasites are clearly only looking out for number one, the social scum. And they even have the gall to openly admit it. Many of last yearâ€™s 161,000 ship jumpers claimed that they were leaving their homeland for â€œlower taxes and universities that give researchers more freedom and better job opportunitiesâ€ and other such material things. Why thatâ€™s, uh, surprising.
Well donâ€™t let the door hit you on the way out, I say. Just because youâ€™re â€œthe cream of the crop of the country’s eliteâ€ doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re all that hot. Youâ€™ll be back once you get a real taste of Amerikanische VerhÃ¤ltnisse (American conditions), even if you find them in New Zealand, South Africa or Brazil. Or maybe you wonâ€™t be back, come to think of it.
Come visit me at Observing Hermannâ€¦