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I don't know anything about German politics, so my vote is valueless. But perhaps this is still a problem of reunification.

Question: Is migration of German citizens between the old East and West completely free? If so, why don't the unhappy East Germans move west?

Applying my "compare to America without bashing" theory: In the U.S., if you live in, say, Arkansas, and are poor and unhappy, you might move to North Carolina to get a better job. I can see why this is hard if you're moving from Turkey to Ireland, but within Germany, what is the mobility of the population?

by asdf on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 04:40:18 PM EST

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