[lbo-talk] Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis

Wojtek S wsoko52 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 12:12:48 PST 2011

Re: "The top destinations were Germany, Australia, Canada, Albania, Turkey, UK, Cyprus, Israel and Belgium."

[WS:] It is interesting that the Etats Unis are not on this list. When I was in a similar situation some 30 years ago, my first and only choice was the Etats Unis. I spent some time in refugee facilities in Austria, and based on my observations Australia & Canada were the top destinations back then. The most often quoted reasons included job opportunities and ease of getting immigrant visas. I was among very few who wanted to emigrate the Etats Unis. My choice was based mainly on my perceptions of the pre-Reagan era - as a land of hippies and free thinking liberals. It looked like a cool place to be. I had a rude awakening when I ended in Grand Rapids, MI, and in the hindsight Canada was probably a more prudent option, but this is another story.

Based on my conversations with outsiders, the allure of the Etats Unis as emigration destination decreased considerably during the past years, even among the unskilled and the poor. I wonder is this is just my experience or others made similar observations.


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